: having the effect of holding back or delaying something
the [war] represented a holding action against the spread of world Communism—Sidney Offit
: intended for usually temporary storage or retention
a holding tank
Noun penalized 10 yards for holding the holding of “not guilty” took everyone by surprise Adjective The troops were engaged in a holding action until reinforcements could arrive.
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NounLegal challenges The rule’s legal challenges include those from a federal judge in Florida that temporarily blocks the administration’s attempt to release migrants more quickly when Border Patrol holding stations are full. —Arcelia Martin, Dallas News, 16 May 2023 That includes Hawaii, which is home to the United States Pacific Command and to 11 military bases; Alaska, with vast federal land holdings; and New Mexico, home to Los Alamos National Laboratory. —Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 12 May 2023 Its holding in Alibaba—adjusted for financing backed by the asset—is now worth only around $5 billion, compared with $39 billion a year earlier. —Jacky Wong, wsj.com, 11 May 2023 It is seen as a bellwether for economic health because of its wide range of holdings, from insurance to utilities to retail. —Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 8 May 2023 McNevin believes the Diocese of Oakland has plenty of real estate holdings across the East Bay that could be sold to compensate victims and a bankruptcy is unnecessary. —Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 May 2023 Its holdings include real estate, farms, historical buildings, and other revenue-producing assets. —Matt Ford, The New Republic, 5 May 2023 His holdings span from Buckingham Palace—the official headquarters of the monarchy, which Forbes estimates is worth $4.9 billion—to Highgrove House, a country residence in Gloucestershire that Charles first purchased in 1980 for £865,000 ($3.7 million today,) now valued at $39 million. —Giacomo Tognini, Forbes, 4 May 2023 To map the vulnerabilities of smaller banks across the country, the researchers calculated how much the Fed’s interest rate increases have reduced the value of the asset holdings for individual banks, compared with the value of its deposits. —Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2023
AdjectiveBryce Callahan was flagged for a non-holding call that nullified a pick and led to K.C.’s first score. —Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2022 There were seven offensive penalties, most holding or false starts. —oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2022 Like the non-holding call against TCU on the Frogs’ first touchdown drive. —Kirk Bohls, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2020 It was established in 1997 to meet the needs of parents in the community, focusing on activities for parents of children birth to 3 years old and holding interactive sessions each month for families, according to the schools website. —Charlie Lapastora, Fox News, 20 Apr. 2018 Here’s how holding office affects Florida lawmakers’ incomes But surprisingly, Florida lawmakers did not boost their incomes while in office. —Kevin Fahey, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2017 Please explain how holding secret meetings on the health care bill relates to consent of the governed. —Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, 27 June 2017 See More
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