Definition of hold on to in English:

hold on to

phrasal verb

  • Keep.

    ‘the industry is trying to hold on to experienced staff’
    • ‘Despite holding on to two stars for the past two years, the hospital could not make it three in a row.’
    • ‘She is putting right what has gone wrong in her life and holding on to what is familiar.’
    • ‘Think of all the win bonuses the club has held on to since last July.’
    • ‘It is a book to hold on to, for repeated reference to information and inspiration.’
    • ‘He has four months to prove he is worth holding on to and in that time he hopes to hone his English as well as his football skills.’
    • ‘As far as I know, there are only two ways to hold on to more of your money: earn more or spend less.’
    • ‘Japanese leaders were determined to hold on to what they saw as the critical area of the Pacific theatre.’
    • ‘These are the memories that we will hold on to when we become advanced in age, if we get there.’
    • ‘The correct strategy would then be to hold on to as much territory as possible for as long as possible.’
    • ‘She tries to hold on to as much genuine stuff as she can while pandering to fancier tastes.’
    retain, keep, hang on to, keep possession of, retain possession of, retain use of, retain ownership of, not sell, not give away, keep for oneself
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