Definition of holdover in English:



North American
  • A person or thing surviving from an earlier time, especially someone surviving in office or remaining on a sports team.

    ‘the conservative holdover from the Eisenhower years’
    • ‘‘Churches want to make clear that this isn't a holdover of a pagan holiday,’ Dr. Bailey said.’
    • ‘It requires the concurrence of a legal system that often includes holdovers from the bad old days, a problem that needs to be resolved quickly lest foreign investors be scared off by uncertainty over what belongs to whom.’
    • ‘One thing I've learned over the years is the older the traveler, the better dressed he is, a holdover from the era when you dressed up to fly.’
    • ‘Rue, of course, is a holdover from Lebanon's time as a French protectorate.’
    • ‘But in reality, Daylight Savings Time is an archaic holdover from a time when people relied on candles all the time.’
    • ‘His key advisers, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara and national security adviser McGeorge Bundy, both holdovers from the Kennedy administration, shared these views.’
    • ‘Trust me, it's not a holdover from my Protestant days.’
    • ‘A lack of trust in government and the police, holdovers from the communist days, make the jobs of intervention and social control much more difficult.’
    • ‘My mother was used to waiting on her since Ann was a holdover from the days when my family owned and operated a pizza shop.’
    • ‘The new quarters are a former warehouse for the storage of windowpanes, a curious holdover from a time when the fear of a Communist blockade led to massive hoarding.’
    • ‘He and Julie are the only board holdovers from the early days of the Belmont project, and both of them raised objections to the Belmont contract early on.’
    • ‘More than two-thirds of the appointees are holdovers from the previous cabinet.’
    • ‘Russia's bases in the Georgian Black Sea port of Batumi and near the Georgian-Armenian border are holdovers from the Soviet era and house about 3,000 troops.’
    • ‘For her, he is a holdover from the nineteenth century, not a modern artist.’
    • ‘Visitors generally assume that the name, like the obelisk, is a holdover from the 1930s.’
    • ‘The Polish legal system is a combination of the continental system of law and holdovers from Communist legal theory.’
    • ‘At least three holdovers from the previous staff will be retained.’
    • ‘Eight of them are women and 16 are holdovers from the previous Cabinet.’
    • ‘Over lunches in the clerk dining room, separated from the public cafeteria by soundproofed glass doors, he got to know the other clerks and picked up what institutional wisdom he could from the holdovers who'd be there until August.’
    • ‘Although it sends me into fits of sneezing, I like the aroma of wet newsprint, a holdover from high school days when I would be sent to the next town over to retrieve our freshly printed local paper.’