Definition of hold fast in English:

hold fast


  • 1Remain tightly secured.

    ‘the door held fast, obviously locked’
    • ‘He turned back to the door and pressed the bar, but it held fast.’
    • ‘The barrier held fast against the attack.’
    • ‘He tried prying open the trunk, but the lock held fast, and he only succeeded in bending the lid slightly.’
    • ‘The chain around my neck held fast.’
    • ‘The door holds fast for just a moment before giving, groaning its displeasure at the shabby treatment it has recently received.’
    1. 1.1 Continue to believe in or adhere to an idea or principle.
      ‘it is important that we hold fast to the policies’
      • ‘Compassionate conservatives need to hold fast to this optimistic message.’
      • ‘More than 10 years down the track, I hold fast to that maxim.’
      • ‘Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears.’
      • ‘I hold fast to my faith and my practices, but have to be flexible.’
      • ‘On the other hand, faith changes those who hold fast to their beliefs.’
      • ‘We hold fast to our commitment to be better dads than our own.’
      • ‘I, for one, try to hold fast to the Bible and it's principles.’
      • ‘The government doesn't need to hold fast to its original plan in the face of such fierce opposition.’
      • ‘He held fast to his love of God and remained ever positive.’
      • ‘How many of us still hold fast to our early political ideals?’