hold-down

noun \ ˈhōl(d)-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of hold-down

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

First Known Use of hold-down

1888

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hold down

verb

Definition of hold down

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

Examples of hold down in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of hold down

1533

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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