hold down the fort


: to be in charge of a place while the person who is usually in charge is away
You can stay here and hold down the fort while I go to the store.

Examples of hold down the fort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the 39-year-old veteran can hold down the fort at left tackle, that would be a boost for a team that had its plan to start rookie Teven Jenkins at the position unravel before training camp began. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Dan Hellie filled in for him on DirecTV, while Scott Hanson continued to hold down the fort on the RedZone available on other platforms. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, 19 Oct. 2020 The Frogs must search for an offensive flow and hold down the fort while Miles rehabs his injury. Dallas News, 7 Feb. 2023 As Baylin poured her heart and soul into the record, Followill, 43, helped hold down the fort, acting as head of the at-home cheerleading squad that also includes the couple's daughter Violet, 9, and son Oliver, 4. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 23 Sep. 2022 That leaves Brown, Ceyair Wright and a band of unproven outside corners to hold down the fort Saturday. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Pa works in England as a joiner, gone for weeks at a time, while Ma tries to hold down the fort. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 9 Nov. 2021 In the meantime, Chubb and Johnson will hold down the fort. cleveland, 27 Oct. 2021 Thinking their online ski business would slow down for the holiday, Jones and Dannwolf (now husband and wife) decided to spend their long Thanksgiving weekend out of the country, leaving their only employee, Ofer Barniv, to hold down the fort. Ryan Wichelns, Outside Online, 24 Apr. 2017 See More

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“Hold down the fort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hold%20down%20the%20fort. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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