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holds

noun , plural of hold

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1 the act or manner of holding
  • make sure you have a firm hold on the chain saw before you turn it on
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2 a structure or place from which one can resist attack
  • the ruins of an ancient Roman hold
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3 the right or means to command or control others
  • the government has no hold over where we live and work
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4 the state or fact of being able to exchange information regarding one's current situation
  • I worry that I won't be able to get hold of you in an emergency
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5 a place of confinement for persons held in lawful custody
  • upon hearing the guilty verdict, the accused realized that he would lie in that godforsaken hold for the remainder of his life
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bastilles, big houses [slang], bridewells, brigs, calabooses, cans, clinks [slang], coolers, coops, guardrooms, hocks, hoosegows, jails, jailhouses, joints [slang], jugs, lockups, nicks [British slang], pens, penitentiaries, pokeys [slang], prisons, quods [British slang], slams, slammers, stirs [slang], stockades, tolbooths [Scottish]

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6 the knowledge gained from the process of coming to know or understand something
  • I need to get hold of the situation before planning a course of action
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7 the state of being held in lawful custody
  • a suspected terrorist who was abducted at an airport and put in hold at an undisclosed location
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