hold-down

noun
\ ˈhōl(d)-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce hold-down (audio) \

Definition of hold-down

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something used to fasten an object in place
2a : an act of holding down
b : limit agreed to wage-rate hold-downs

hold down

verb
held down; holding down; holds down

Definition of hold down (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to keep within limits hold the noise down
2 : to assume or have responsibility for holding down two jobs

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of hold-down in a Sentence

Verb efforts to hold down taxes keep running up against the legislature's ingrained unwillingness to cut spending

First Known Use of hold-down

Noun

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hold-down was in 1533

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“Hold-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hold-down. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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