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Hold

verb
(past & past part. held; pres. part. holding)
1.
Keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,.  Synonyms: keep, maintain.  "Hold in place" , "She always held herself as a lady" , "The students keep me on my toes"
2.
Have or hold in one's hands or grip.  Synonym: take hold.  "A crazy idea took hold of him"
3.
Organize or be responsible for.  Synonyms: give, have, make, throw.  "Have, throw, or make a party" , "Give a course"
4.
Have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense.  Synonyms: have, have got.  "He has got two beautiful daughters" , "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"
5.
Keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view.  Synonyms: deem, take for, view as.  "View as important" , "Hold these truths to be self-evident" , "I hold him personally responsible"
6.
Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings).  Synonyms: entertain, harbor, harbour, nurse.  "Entertain interesting notions" , "Harbor a resentment"
7.
To close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement.  Synonyms: confine, restrain.  "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade" , "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center" , "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
8.
Secure and keep for possible future use or application.  Synonyms: hold back, keep back, retain.  "I reserve the right to disagree"
9.
Have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices.  Synonym: bear.  "He held the governorship for almost a decade"
10.
Be the physical support of; carry the weight of.  Synonyms: hold up, support, sustain.  "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam" , "What's holding that mirror?"
11.
Contain or hold; have within.  Synonyms: bear, carry, contain.  "The canteen holds fresh water" , "This can contains water"
12.
Have room for; hold without crowding.  Synonyms: accommodate, admit.  "The theater admits 300 people" , "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"
13.
Remain in a certain state, position, or condition.  "They held on the road and kept marching"
14.
Support or hold in a certain manner.  Synonyms: bear, carry.  "He carried himself upright"
15.
Be valid, applicable, or true.  Synonyms: obtain, prevail.
16.
Assert or affirm.
17.
Have as a major characteristic.  "The book holds in store much valuable advise"
18.
Be capable of holding or containing.  Synonyms: contain, take.  "The flask holds one gallon"
19.
Arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance.  Synonyms: book, reserve.  "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family" , "Please hold a table at Maxim's"
20.
Protect against a challenge or attack.  Synonyms: defend, guard.  "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
21.
Bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted.  Synonyms: bind, obligate, oblige.  "I'll hold you by your promise"
22.
Hold the attention of.  "This story held our interest" , "She can hold an audience spellbound"
23.
Remain committed to.
24.
Resist or confront with resistance.  Synonyms: defy, hold up, withstand.  "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear" , "The bridge held"
25.
Be pertinent or relevant or applicable.  Synonyms: apply, go for.  "This theory holds for all irrational numbers" , "The same rules go for everyone"
26.
Stop dealing with.
27.
Lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits.  Synonyms: check, contain, control, curb, hold in, moderate.  "Hold your tongue" , "Hold your temper" , "Control your anger"
28.
Keep from departing.  "Hold the horse"
29.
Take and maintain control over, often by violent means.
30.
Cause to stop.  Synonyms: arrest, halt.  "Arrest the progress" , "Halt the presses"
31.
Cover as for protection against noise or smell.  "Hold one's nose"
32.
Drink alcohol without showing ill effects.  Synonym: carry.  "He had drunk more than he could carry"
33.
Aim, point, or direct.
34.
Declare to be.  Synonyms: adjudge, declare.  "Judge held that the defendant was innocent"
35.
Be in accord; be in agreement.  Synonyms: agree, concord, concur.  "I can't agree with you!" , "I hold with those who say life is sacred" , "Both philosophers concord on this point"
36.
Keep from exhaling or expelling.



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"Hold" Quotes from Famous Books



... 28th, the day of Damien's martyrdom, I went to fetch the ladies in good time; and as the carriage would scarcely hold us all, no objection was made to my taking my sweetheart on my knee, and in this order we reached the Place de Greve. The three ladies packing themselves together as tightly as possible took up their positions ...
— The Memoires of Casanova, Complete • Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

... Manual in a warm and cordial pressure, "that all my plans have succeeded. Your sleeping guard are closely watched in their barracks by one party; our officers are released and your sentinels cut off by another; while, with a third, I hold the centre of the abbey, and am, substantially, in possession of your own person. In consideration, therefore, of what is due to humanity, and to the presence of these ladies, let there be no struggle. I shall impose no difficult terms, ...
— The Pilot • J. Fenimore Cooper

... the congregation under the green trees, blue sky, brilliant sunshine, in that perfect landscape this Sunday morning. And of such is peopled a part of the vast country of Albania. A people who hold human life as nothing—a reckless and brave nation ...
— The Land of the Black Mountain - The Adventures of Two Englishmen in Montenegro • Reginald Wyon

... urged. "I see that you remember; and the arguments you admitted then hold even more strongly now. Besides—you said I had earned ...
— Captain Desmond, V.C. • Maud Diver

... by the different educational institutions with which you are connected or with which you are affiliated, will always be done, bearing in mind the fact that the most useful citizen to the Government may be a man who under no consideration would hold any position connected with the Government. I do not want to see any missionary college carry on its educational scheme primarily with a view of turning out Government officials. On the contrary, I want to see the average ...
— African and European Addresses • Theodore Roosevelt

... within its turns, and pulls out several at once. No wonder if this practice, continued for several generations, should enfeeble the roots of the beard. Did the practice of eradicating the beard, originate from the design of depriving the enemy of such a dangerous hold on the face? This seems ...
— The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2) • George Warburton

... Neoplatonists. The picture of future retribution is even more terrifying without them. Both the philosophical and the popular beliefs about the other world are far more Greek than Jewish; but the attempt to hold these very discrepant beliefs together has reduced Christian eschatology to extreme confusion, and many Christians have given up the attempt to formulate any theories about what are called the four last things. On such a mysterious ...
— The Legacy of Greece • Various

... evidence that the war did not break out through any action on the part of gold-mine proprietors. In the first place, the greater number of these proprietors reside in Europe; and as much in France, Germany and Belgium, as in England. Their representatives in the Transvaal may hold more or less important interests in those mines, but they are imbued with a full sense ...
— Boer Politics • Yves Guyot

... a fool, you can tell your lover of this windfall; but if you wish to prove yourself a sensible girl, you will hold your tongue. He has saved forty pounds by hard work in the last three months, you say: do you think he would have saved forty pence if he had known that you had five thousand pounds at his disposal? I know that ...
— Charlotte's Inheritance • M. E. Braddon

... brigade of Anderson's division, then at Banks' Ford, was ordered to retard the advance of the hostile column. McLaws was detached to Salem Church. The Second Army Corps and the rest of Anderson's division remained to hold Hooker in check, and for the moment ...
— Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War • G. F. R. Henderson

... exactly what she pleased, had my heart been lighter - but it was too heavy for pleasure; and the depth of my mourning, and the little, but sad time that was yet passed since it had become my gloomy garb, made me hold it a matter even of decency, as well as of feeling, to keep out of sight. I left Lady Crewe, therefore, to the full enjoyment of her odd figures, while I seated myself, solitarily, at the ...
— The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay Volume 3 • Madame D'Arblay

... of Euripides, have not the didactic particularising tone of the French, but are full of life and motion. How admirable again are the expositions of Shakspeare and Calderon! At the very outset they lay hold of the imagination; and when they have once gained the spectator's interest and sympathy they then bring forward the information necessary for the full understanding of the implied transactions. This means is, it is true, ...
— Lectures on Dramatic Art - and Literature • August Wilhelm Schlegel trans John Black

... more than I what has occurred here," replied the other in loud, metallic tones. "I will give you the facts in two minutes. Prince Montevarchi was found dead an hour ago. He had been dead some time. He had been strangled by means of this pocket handkerchief— observe the stains of blood—which I hold as part of the evidence. The Signora Donna Faustina is admitted to be the last person who saw the prince alive. She admits, furthermore, that a violent scene occurred between her and her father this afternoon, in the course of which his Excellency struck his daughter, ...
— Sant' Ilario • F. Marion Crawford

... to make a provision for myself, which I think would be displeasing to my heavenly Father, who has so bountifully given me my daily bread hitherto. But should I have misunderstood the meaning of your letter, be pleased to let me know it. I hold the check till I hear ...
— The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Mueller • George Mueller

... uninteresting; hence the changes. As a lyric drama, delightfully picturing the quaintness and simplicity of provincial life, not alone in the tunefulness of the music, but also in its pastoral naivete and what may be termed its folk-characteristics, it will hold a high place upon the stage as long as young and fresh voices can ...
— The Standard Operas (12th edition) • George P. Upton

... about half the children born in some manufacturing towns die, before they are five years old, principally because they want pure air. Humboldt tells of a sailor who was dying of fever in the close hold of a ship. His comrades brought him out of his hold to die in the open air. Instead of dying, he revived, and eventually got well. He was cured by ...
— Thrift • Samuel Smiles

... the woman before her. "She has some hold on maman," she said to herself, in disgust. "She knows of something shady that maman has done." Then another thought stung her; and with the most indifferent bow, triumphing in the evident offence that she was giving, she turned ...
— The Marriage of William Ashe • Mrs. Humphry Ward

... pure spirit almost quivers at the whispered treason of the Constable of Bourbon. Luther and Melanchthon, Erasmus and Rabelais, Cortez and Pizarro, Correggio and Michael Angelo, and a long train of dames and dons of all nations, succeed; so long that the amphitheatre cannot hold them, and the procession, that they may walk over the stage, makes a short ...
— Vivian Grey • The Earl of Beaconsfield

... with a comfortless and chill, though familiar welcome. It was evening: he ordered a fire and lights; and leaning his face on his hand as he contemplated the fitful and dusky outbreakings of the flame through the bars of the niggard and contracted grate, he sat himself down to hold commune with his heart. ...
— Godolphin, Complete • Edward Bulwer-Lytton

... permission to excavate the northern half of the mound, i.e., that part of it which he was most anxious to excavate for the British Museum. He protested, but in vain, and, finding that M. Place intended to hold Rawlinson to his word, devoted himself to clearing out part of the South West Palace which Layard had attacked in 1852. Meanwhile M. Place was busily occupied with the French excavations at Khorsabad, ...
— The Babylonian Story of the Deluge - as Told by Assyrian Tablets from Nineveh • E. A. Wallis Budge

... whereas permanent memory holds for a long time. People differ markedly in this respect. Some can if tested after the study period reproduce the material with a high degree of accuracy, but lose most of it in a comparatively short time. Others, if tested in the same way, reproduce less immediately, but hold what they have over a long period. Children as a whole differ from adults in having poorer immediate memories, but in holding what is fixed through years. Of course permanent memory is the more valuable of the two types for most of life, but ...
— How to Teach • George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy

... of this man. Shortly after, when driving out, she stopped the carriage and spoke to one of the men at the station. He replied civilly, that the members of the Preventive Service were not allowed to hold any conversation with strangers, and requested to be excused from saying any more. Mrs. Fry, feeling somewhat fearful that her kindness might bring him into difficulty with his superiors, gave the man her card, and desired him to tell the man in command of the station ...
— Elizabeth Fry • Mrs. E. R. Pitman

... fear nothing," he said, dryly. "For his own sake Cliffe will hold his tongue and leave London. And as to the future—I can get some message conveyed to him—by a man he won't ...
— The Marriage of William Ashe • Mrs. Humphry Ward

... Storrington Barrow I'll beg or borrow A bow and arrow And shoot sleek sorrow Through the marrow. The floods are out and the ford is narrow, The stars hang dead and my limbs are lead, But ale is gold And there's good foot-hold On the Cuckfield side of ...
— A Christmas Garland • Max Beerbohm

... and seemed about to take hold of her. She had not raised her eyelids; but lay there in self-abandonment, consumed by fever. Her open nightdress displayed her childish breast, where as yet there were but slight signs of coming womanhood; ...
— A Love Episode • Emile Zola

... people in wars, pretending generally that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions and they proposed to so frame the constitution that no man should hold the power of ...
— A Man for the Ages - A Story of the Builders of Democracy • Irving Bacheller

... that no distinction should be heard of amongst them, but of those who were friends to the protestant religion and present establishment, and of those who wished for a popish prince and a French government. He concluded by affirming, that if they in good earnest desired to see England hold the balance of Europe, and be indeed at the head of the protestant interest, it would appear by their improving the present opportunity, The lords immediately drew up a warm and affectionate address, ...
— The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. - From William and Mary to George II. • Tobias Smollett

... time while the enthusiasm after Sumter was still at its height they appeared to go along with the all-parties program, they soon revealed their true course. In the autumn of 1861, Lincoln still had sufficient hold upon all factions to make it seem likely that his all-parties program would be given a chance. The Republicans generally made overtures to the Democratic managers, offering to combine in a coalition party with no platform but the support of the war and the restoration of the Union. Here was the ...
— Lincoln • Nathaniel Wright Stephenson

... theologians to take charge of public instruction and of the evolution of science. So important was it thought to have "sound learning" guarded and "safe science" taught, that in many of the universities, as late as the end of the seventeenth century, professors were forced to take an oath not to hold the "Pythagorean"—that is, the Copernican—idea as to the movement of the heavenly bodies. As the contest went on, professors were forbidden to make known to students the facts revealed by the telescope. Special orders to this effect were issued by the ecclesiastical ...
— History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom • Andrew Dickson White

... tube in front of the cross-brace insures insulation. The outer extremity of the two tubes supports the platinum spiral, which is fixed to them very simply by the aid of two small brass needles of conical form, which pinch the wire in the tube and hold it in place. There is nothing easier to do than replace the wire. All that is necessary is to remove the two little rods with a pair of pincers; to make a spiral of suitable length by rolling the wire round a pin; and to fix it into the tubes, as we have ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 362, December 9, 1882 • Various

... the situation and was not easily daunted. He was a man whose opinion carried weight, and from the very first he had maintained that while fifteen or twenty thousand might be men enough to hold Manila, fifty thousand might not be enough to subdue at once the forces of Aguinaldo in case they should turn upon the Americans, which said he, placidly, they will most certainly do before we are ...
— Found in the Philippines - The Story of a Woman's Letters • Charles King

... beginning of the great French war; and, indeed, ever since the beginning of the war with Spain in 1739—often snubbed as the "war about Jenkins's ear"—but which was, as I hold, one of the most just, as it was one of the most popular, of all our wars; after, too, the once famous "forty fine harvests" of the eighteenth century, the British people, from the gentleman who led to the soldier or sailor who followed, were one of the mightiest and most capable races ...
— Sanitary and Social Lectures and Essays • Charles Kingsley

... that neither vessel suffered much aloft. The American and best British tradition of firing low was sustained by both ships. Finally, although the organization of the "Chesapeake" was not matured sufficiently to hold the people together, without leaders, after a tremendous punishment by the enemy's battery, and in the face of well-trained and rapidly supported boarders, it had so far progressed in cohesion that they did not flinch from their guns through ...
— Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812 - Volume 2 • Alfred Thayer Mahan

... keep it up most of the day and if as much as one shot struck the mainmast... and Shard taking his mind off useless fears worked out on his chart when the Arabs were likely to overtake them. He told his men that the wind would hold good for a week, and, gipsy or no, he certainly knew as much about the wind as is good for ...
— Tales of Wonder • Lord Dunsany

... upon an aqueous deposit, the volcanic must be the newest of the two; but the like rule does not hold good where the aqueous formation rests upon the volcanic, for melted matter, rising from below, may penetrate a sedimentary mass without reaching the surface, or may be forced in conformably between two strata, as b below ...
— The Student's Elements of Geology • Sir Charles Lyell

... down in her charter. The new plantations council, commissioned by the King in December, 1660, sent a peremptory letter the following April ordering the colony to proclaim the King "in the most solemn manner," and to hold herself in readiness to answer complaints by appointing persons well instructed to represent her before itself in England. At the same time, it begged the King to go slowly, giving Massachusetts an opportunity to be heard, ...
— The Fathers of New England - A Chronicle of the Puritan Commonwealths • Charles M. Andrews

... Lewis frequently found himself thinking back. It was only by thinking back that he could stay in the flat at all. Now for the first time he realized that he had been stepping through life with seven-league boots. The future could not possibly hold for him the tremendous distances of his past. How far he had come since that first dim ...
— Through stained glass • George Agnew Chamberlain

... Short while I tarry here—when I am gone, Bid them upon yon headland's summit rear A lofty mound, by Rona's seagirt cliff; So shall my people hold to after times Their chieftain's memory, and the mariners That drive afar to sea, oft as they pass, Shall point to Beowulf's tomb.'" ...
— Legends of the Middle Ages - Narrated with Special Reference to Literature and Art • H.A. Guerber

... young he learned to make shoes, and with the money thus earned he paid his way at school. He was a boy of nineteen when his first verses were published. His poems were inspired by current events, and their patriotic spirit gives them a strong hold upon the public. "Snow-bound" is considered his greatest poem. Whittier loved home so much that he never visited a foreign country, and traveled but little in his own. He gave thirty of the best years of his life to the anti-slavery struggle. While other poets traveled in foreign lands or studied ...
— De La Salle Fifth Reader • Brothers of the Christian Schools

... another part from adventitious similarities, while some facts seem to give warrant to the conclusion that they should be considered as one stock, but the author prefers, under the present state of knowledge, to hold them apart and await further evidence, being inclined to the opinion that the peoples speaking these languages have borrowed some part of their ...
— Seventh Annual Report • Various

... little boy had yet a greater danger to undergo; for, as he was going down a solitary lane, two men rushed out upon him, laid hold of him, and were going to strip him of his clothes; but just as they were beginning to do it, the little dog bit the leg of one of the men with so much violence, that he left the little boy and pursued the dog, that ran howling and barking away. In this instant a voice was hard that ...
— The History of Sandford and Merton • Thomas Day

... her hold upon his hand, and he gripped it tight as she led him up the stairs. It was as if he felt a mother's clasp for the first time since his babyhood and could not let ...
— The Twenty-Fourth of June • Grace S. Richmond

... pretty sure that Jack would take the prize, as he generally does, and he fixed up this plot, never supposing that he had got hold of one of ...
— The Hilltop Boys on the River • Cyril Burleigh

... hold him back by his night-shirt. He spread out the letters on the table by the bed-side, and then got into bed again, and read whole pages of them, and compelled her to go through them herself. She suppressed a smile, and began to feel some pity for ...
— The Fortune of the Rougons • Emile Zola

... Do not hold the breath between inhalations. Though frequently recommended by teachers of certain methods of breath culture, this practice is more ...
— Nature Cure • Henry Lindlahr

... He was at this time so poor, having scarcely enough to pay for his journey home, that he was obliged to sell his horse at Lampsakus, the Asiatic town where the army landed. Here he found Eukleides, a Phliasian[110] prophet with whom he had been wont to hold intercourse and offer sacrifice at Athens. This man, having asked Xenophon how much he had acquired in the expedition, could not believe him when he affirmed his poverty. But when they proceeded to offer sacrifice together, from some animals sent by the Lampsakenes ...
— The Two Great Retreats of History • George Grote

... word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature; for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure. Now this overdone, or come tardy off, though it make the unskillful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve; the censure of the which one must ...
— Public Speaking • Irvah Lester Winter

... from tuft to tuft of grass, their anxiety to keep together being only equalled by their desire to go different directions. Finally they split into groups. Lucy clung to Miss Bartlett and Miss Lavish; the Emersons returned to hold laborious converse with the drivers; while the two clergymen, who were expected to have topics in common, ...
— A Room With A View • E. M. Forster

... he liked it or not, happened just now to hold the fortunes of the family of Cruden pretty much in his ...
— Reginald Cruden - A Tale of City Life • Talbot Baines Reed

... from Mr. Croker in the explanation of this ill-turned sentence. The shield that Homer may hold up is the observation made by Mrs. Fitzherbert. It was this observation that Johnson respected as a very fine one. For his high opinion of that lady's understanding, see ...
— Life Of Johnson, Volume 4 (of 6) • Boswell

... course through and by these ranks; the omnibuses are always the most monumental fact of the scene. They dominate it in bulk and height; they form the chief impulse of the tremendous movement, and it is they that choke from time to time the channel of the mighty torrent, and helplessly hold it in ...
— London Films • W.D. Howells

... by chance you feel incited To speak at length, or uninvited; Whene'er you feel your tones grow shrill (At times, we know, the softest will!), This word oracular, my daughter, Bids you to fill your mouth with water: Further, to hold it firm and fast, Until the ...
— Collected Poems - In Two Volumes, Vol. II • Austin Dobson

... would have sought that enemy, under the disadvantages beneath which he knew himself to labor, would be to say that which would reflect little credit on his judgment; but, although not in a condition to hold forth the flag of defiance, where there was an inferiority in all but the skill of the leader and the personal courage of the men, he was not one to shun the battle that should be forced upon him. Still to him it was an anxious moment, because the fame ...
— The Canadian Brothers - or The Prophecy Fulfilled • John Richardson

... cannot be done; if it could be demonstrated that it is impossible to breed selectively, from any stock, a form which shall not breed with another, produced from the same stock; and if we were shown that this must be the necessary and inevitable results of all experiments, I hold that Mr. Darwin's ...
— Darwiniana • Thomas Henry Huxley

... Derbyshire coal miner, selected by the sheriff for his proficiency in wielding the pick, was masked, and his name kept a profound secret. Brandreth's neck received only one stroke, but it was not clean done, and the assistant (also masked) finished it off with a knife. Then the executioner laid hold of the head by the hair, and holding it at arm's length, to the left, to the right, and in front of the scaffold, called out three times—'Behold the head of the traitor, Jeremiah Brandreth.' The other two were served in like manner. Turner's ...
— Bygone Punishments • William Andrews

... him, "to go and have a look at this eruption. They say it is Krakatoa which has broken out after a sleep of two centuries, and as it has been bursting away now for nearly a week, it is likely to hold on for some time longer. What would you say to charter a steamer and have a ...
— Blown to Bits - The Lonely Man of Rakata, the Malay Archipelago • R.M. Ballantyne

... attack," he said, gravely, "but the poor fellow is young and has a splendid physique; if he can hold out long enough—until the clot is absorbed—he may recover. Is he ...
— His Heart's Queen • Mrs. Georgie Sheldon

... had gone that evening I wrote her a long letter and asked her if I might not still have some hope of her loving me. I begged her to let me know when I might come and talk with her alone. With what eloquence I could bring to bear I told her how my love had grown and laid hold of my life. ...
— Eben Holden - A Tale of the North Country • Irving Bacheller

... the police, but they were just as obstinate as the rest; and, beside, they had their dignity to hold up. 'If I ain't Brummy,' he'd say, 'who are I?' But they answered that he ...
— While the Billy Boils • Henry Lawson

... happened, then, that, while she stood with the others contemplating the picture, the bird, seeing the extended arm and wrist of the painted Child, flew to perch upon it; but, not having been able to find a hold on the surface of the painting, and having therefore fallen to the ground, it twice returned to settle on the wrist of that painted Child, precisely as if it had been one of those living children who were always holding it on their wrists. At which ...
— Lives of the most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects - Vol. 06 (of 10) Fra Giocondo to Niccolo Soggi • Giorgio Vasari

... so that he seized hold of Paul's arm to help him. Paul recoiled as if an unclean creature touched him. ...
— Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11 • Various

... into the centre of the group. He was wise enough not to hold out his hand lest it should be refused. But he spoke as though he had taken leave ...
— The Broken Road • A. E. W. Mason

... distance from the others, following a tiny footpath. Suddenly they came upon a huge rock formation, that looked like an immense fireplace, about forty feet wide and twenty or more feet high. Under that great stone arch a dozen spits, each big enough to hold a whole ox, might easily have swung. Sahwah and Hinpoha looked at it in amazement and then called for the other girls to come ...
— The Camp Fire Girls at School • Hildegard G. Frey

... a bad look-out for you and me, Fanny, with such chances as we have; for if Miss Evelyn was like other young ladies, we might be sure to make our fortune by her. I have known several people in my condition get such a hold on the hearts of children of high condition, like Miss Vaughan, that they never could do without them in no way, in their after lives. But I don't see that we get on at all with this stupid little thing; though for ...
— The Fairchild Family • Mary Martha Sherwood

... rookus, Joe," replied the old Confederate mildly. "We're goin'. Yore authority doesn't stretch far enough to hold us here." ...
— A Man Four-Square • William MacLeod Raine

... 'em, if I speaks the truth, gets tired of being told of it, I think, and goes just to pacify him, as you may, say; but I don't hold with it myself.' ...
— The Village by the River • H. Louisa Bedford

... but in vain; For he was still supplying death elsewhere. This mads me, that perhaps ignoble hands Have overlaid him,—for they could not conquer: Murdered by multitudes, whom I alone Had right to slay. I too would have been slain; That, catching hold upon his flitting ghost, I might have robbed him of his opening heaven, And dragged him down ...
— The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) - The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian • John Dryden

... lives for Freedom; they had lain down to make a pathway before her— they had filled up a bloody chasm so that she might pass upon her way. And that was the heritage they handed to their children, to guard and cherish. That was what it meant to be an American; that one must hold himself in readiness to go forth as they had done, and dare and suffer whatever the ...
— Samuel the Seeker • Upton Sinclair

... adjournment drew near, a proposition was brought forth, appropriate to the season. Saint Patrick's Day was approaching. It was to many a day of temptation, particularly in the evening. Would it not be a good plan to hold out the helping hand, in the form of a Saint Patrick's Day festival, with an address, for example, upon Saint Patrick's life, with Irish songs and Irish readings? Such an entertainment would draw; it would keep a good many people out of the ...
— Saint Patrick - 1887 • Heman White Chaplin

... they were landed secretly, but one or two soldiers at the top with repeating rifles might hold the stairway against an army, while their ...
— A Rock in the Baltic • Robert Barr

... was brought in "for better regulating the government of the province of Massachusetts Bay." This act entirely subverted the charter, and vested in the crown the appointment of the counsellors, magistrates, and other officers of the colony, who were to hold their offices during the royal pleasure. This bill also was carried through both houses by great majorities; but not without a vigorous ...
— The Life of George Washington, Vol. 1 (of 5) • John Marshall

... long as the world, or any considerable part thereof, believe the scriptures to be divine revelation I think it very important that they should have a correct understanding of them. So long therefore as I hold this to be my profession, I mean faithfully to pursue it; ever remembering that I am not accountable in the least degree either for the truth or falsity of the bible, but only for my faithfulness in preaching, taking heed that I do not preach that for bible, which ...
— A Series of Letters In Defence of Divine Revelation • Hosea Ballou

... well, mamma: can't I, Harry? I always steer when we go to the island, and we run the boat straight into the little creek, only just broad enough to hold it.' Katie's visits to the island, however, were not so frequent as they had heretofore been, for she was approaching to sixteen years of age, and wet feet and draggled petticoats had lost some of their charms. Mrs. Woodward, trusting more to ...
— The Three Clerks • Anthony Trollope

... my figure I think I could get a duke, an elderly duke, perhaps, and a little over on his knees, but still a duke. A well-brought-up young woman would take the duke, but I am nothing but a wild Irish girl. Bobby, you are jolly and wholesome, and auntie likes you, and I'll take you—hold hard,' she said, as I moved up—'I'll take you, if you'll give me the turquoise cup.' 'What's that?' I asked. 'The turquoise cup,' she said; 'the one in the treasury of St. Mark's. Give me that and Nora Daly is yours.' 'All ...
— The Turquoise Cup, and, The Desert • Arthur Cosslett Smith

... other do not overwhelm one, seeing that such a pattern and leader of men should have become the victim of that heartless Hollander coterie! One cannot but marvel at the same time at the alert skill and wily patience which must have been employed during the many years past to hold President Krueger with State Secretary Keitz and President Steyn in the Afrikaner Bond leash ready to let loose with unshaken convictions upon the supreme contest designed for them and their people by the machinations intended for upraising Holland at ...
— Origin of the Anglo-Boer War Revealed (2nd ed.) - The Conspiracy of the 19th Century Unmasked • C. H. Thomas

... we must either suppose that passage to be metaphorical, or hold with many divines, and all purgatorians, that departed souls do not all at once arrive at the utmost perfection of which they ...
— Purgatory • Mary Anne Madden Sadlier

... terrific wind-storm. It blew down the river upon us with a ferocity and suddenness that took our breaths away, and before we could get a chance to make the shore it became too late. The best that we could do was to hold the scud-ding craft before the wind and race along in a smother of white spume. Juag was terrified. If Dian was, she hid it; for was she not the daughter of a once great chief, the sister of a king, and the mate ...
— Pellucidar • Edgar Rice Burroughs

... a very different character, he condescended to make some artful, or perhaps sincere, overtures towards a negotiation of peace. But the pride of Sapor was astonished by the firmness of Julian; who sternly declared, that he would never consent to hold a peaceful conference among the flames and ruins of the cities of Mesopotamia; and who added, with a smile of contempt, that it was needless to treat by ambassadors, as he himself had determined to visit speedily the court of Persia. The impatience of the emperor ...
— The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Volume 2 • Edward Gibbon

... a position that will not be contradicted, need not be proved. All that need be remarked is, that a body which is to correct this infirmity ought itself to be free from it, and consequently ought to be less numerous. It ought, moreover, to possess great firmness, and consequently ought to hold its authority by a tenure of ...
— The Federalist Papers • Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison

... King was on his throne, The Satraps thronged the hall:[lx] A thousand bright lamps shone O'er that high festival. A thousand cups of gold, In Judah deemed divine—[ly] Jehovah's vessels hold The godless Heathen's wine! ...
— The Works Of Lord Byron, Vol. 3 (of 7) • Lord Byron

... away all that good money once she's got used to it," said Sarah. "For my part, I don't hold with the folks that blamed her for her choice. Thar ain't many husbands that would be worthy of thar hire, an' how was she to find out, till she tried, if Abel was one of ...
— The Miller Of Old Church • Ellen Glasgow

... It got a hold finally, and in a few minutes the great vessel was swinging slowly round, held by a cable whose grasp was upon the top of the world! When the sensation had been sufficiently enjoyed the anchor was tripped, and the ...
— The Second Deluge • Garrett P. Serviss

... women are of the wicked. The communion is all nonsense; so is prayer. Eating a nip of bread and drinking a little wine won't do any good. All who admit members into their church, and suffer them to hold their lands and houses, their sentence is, "Depart, ye wicked, I know you not." All females who lecture their husbands, their sentence is the same. The sons of truth are to enjoy all the good things of this world, and must use their means to bring it ...
— The Narrative of Sojourner Truth • Sojourner Truth

... the Parliament men scarcely knew what to lay hold of and bring forward, as an excuse for the battle. They wished of course to gain the applause of the people as protectors of their interests—likewise those who for their private ends try to trouble and embroil ...
— The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete • Duc de Saint-Simon

... enough what was happening—the usual thing again, yet once again. Eugenio had, in an interview of five minutes, understood her, had got hold, like all the world, of the idea not so much of the care with which she must be taken up as of the care with which she must be let down. All the world understood her, all the world had got hold; but for nobody yet, she felt, would the idea have been so close a tie or won from herself ...
— The Wings of the Dove, Volume II • Henry James

... the misery you have brought upon me,—I have sent for you and your mother in order to convince you both of my affection and my readiness to forgive,—nay, and even to indulge your perverse passion:—for, since I find this Constantia has got hold of your heart, and that your mother and you think that you can never be happy without her, why, I'll nai longer ...
— The Man Of The World (1792) • Charles Macklin

... Clifford, I will not take. And now you've got it straight. For grars in the afternoon is a thing I don't hold with and never would hold with, and I've lived in the best families. There's some nice sandwiches made of gentlemen's relish made of Blootes' paste, your ma's always 'ad since I've been here; it's done for her and the best families I've lived in. ...
— Bird of Paradise • Ada Leverson

... Sir Eric Geddes was offered the post of Admiralty Controller by Sir Edward Carson, then First Lord, and accepted it. It was arranged that a naval officer should continue to hold the post of Third Sea Lord and that he should be jointly responsible, so far as the Navy was concerned, for all design work on its technical side, whether for ships, ordnance material, mines, torpedoes, etc., etc., whilst the Controller became entirely responsible ...
— The Crisis of the Naval War • John Rushworth Jellicoe

... sound in the world, I was conscious that some one was watching me. In front of me I could see the red light flickering and turning a little as it seemed—behind me nothing but the starlight. I turned, looked back, and for my very life could not hold myself from ...
— The Dark Forest • Hugh Walpole

... front of the Russians. Both the French and the Russians were short of munitions, and particularly of guns of heavier caliber, and of high-explosive shells, which had become most essential in trench warfare. Relatively, the Germans were depending upon their guns to hold the Aisne line, while the Allies were depending upon the flesh and blood of infantry. Germany was rushing every trained man she had to the front and training a million volunteers. Now she could spare troops moved by her efficient railroad system, taking advantage of the interior line for Von ...
— The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8) - Introductions; Special Articles; Causes of War; Diplomatic and State Papers • Various

... suspicions. Jean has changed lately; nothing to take hold of, but I have felt a difference. It wasn't the money—that's an external thing—the change was in Jean herself, a certain reticence where there had been utter frankness; a laugh more frequent, but not quite so gay and light-hearted. Has he spoken ...
— Penny Plain • Anna Buchan (writing as O. Douglas)

... reproachfully, to gaze on that cloudless Heaven, where the moon, and the brilliant stars, and the falling meteor, seemed to hold a bright ...
— A Love Story • A Bushman

... prepared and dried which, blown up, might be employed to hold and preserve aliments which might be utilised as primary matters for different fabrications, such as for harmonic chords, whip cords, rattles, machines, gold beaters skin and cartridge paper; applications which one of the committee, M. Payen, discovered, by and which would employ ...
— Movement of the International Literary Exchanges, between France and North America from January 1845 to May, 1846 • Various

... withers and a daughter whose right hip was not higher than her left. So Norah rode on a dainty little hunting saddle like Jim's, her habit being a neat divided skirt, which had the double advantage of looking nice on horseback, and having no bothersome tail to hold up ...
— A Little Bush Maid • Mary Grant Bruce

... beef-steak on the same day; in consequence of which, the heart, which ought properly to be soaring in the clouds, or, at all events, in a castle half way up, is more generally to be found grovelling about a hen-roost, in the vain hope, that, if it cannot get hold of the hen herself, it may at least hit upon an egg; and such, I remember, was the state of my feelings on this occasion, in consequence of my having dined the three preceding days on ...
— Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, in the Peninsula, France, and the Netherlands - from 1809 to 1815 • Captain J. Kincaid

... pipe, though I have seen Mussulman females, evidently of humble rank, with the long pipe and its smoking bowl protruding from under their long veil as they walked. The second sort is called Nargili ... some pronounce it Narjili.... Nargili means a cocoa-nut, which is used in this apparatus to hold the water through which the smoke passes. Vertically out of the cocoa-nut rises a pipe which ends in a long bowl holding the Tambac, which is a second species of tobacco having broadish yellow ...
— Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman • Giberne Sieveking

... you done? Oh, leave me—this befits you not!" cried Walter, extremely distressed; but Richard had caught hold of the whip, and called out, "Away, away! run! haste, haste!" and the words were repeated at once by Osmond, Carloman, and many of the French, who, though afraid to disobey the Prince, were unwilling to violate the sanctity of a pilgrim's person; and the Norman, seeing there was no ...
— The Little Duke - Richard the Fearless • Charlotte M. Yonge

... were agreed on one point. There must be unity of divine worship. The territory of the Netherlands was not big enough to hold two systems of religion, two forms of Christianity, two sects of Protestantism. It was big enough to hold seven independent and sovereign states, but would be split into fragments—resolved into chaos—should there be more than one Church or if once a schism ...
— The Rise of the Dutch Republic, 1555-1566 • John Lothrop Motley

... accepted Hugh Mountjoy's offer of his Scotch villa, went there resolved to hide herself from the world. Too many people, she thought, knew her history, and what she had done. It was not likely that the Directors of the Insurance Company would all hold their tongues about a scandal so very unusual. Even if they did not charge her with complicity, as they could, they would certainly tell the story—all the more readily since Lord Harry's murder—of the conspiracy and its success. ...
— Blind Love • Wilkie Collins

... heard her say that. Also, he thinks that Mark is the finest and most generous gent that ever stepped. Probably a selfish skunk of a spoiled kid, this brother of hers. Most like he puts Mark up as sort of an ideal. Well, the thing to do is to get hold of him and wake him up and pay off his debts to Mark, which most like run ...
— Ronicky Doone • Max Brand

... of a mystery that centers around a prize poster contest and a fire in the school building—through seven baffling clues that hold the key to ...
— Marjorie's Busy Days • Carolyn Wells

... was going out of the room—but Miss Woodley, catching hold of him, cried, "Oh! my Lord, do not leave her in this sorrow—pity her weakness, and forgive it." She was proceeding; and he seemed as if inclined to listen, when Sandford called out in a tone ...
— A Simple Story • Mrs. Inchbald

... for the future, the letter last preceding has been addressed to the Senate; and the 'Possessores sive curiales' are now invited to state their grievances fully and frankly, or else ever after hold their peace and cultivate a ...
— The Letters of Cassiodorus - Being A Condensed Translation Of The Variae Epistolae Of - Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator • Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)

... as if a man were to allow that there was no poetry in the words, 'How do you find yourself?' 'Very well, I thank you'; but to hold them inspired, ...
— English Critical Essays - Nineteenth Century • Various

... are your eyes and ears? See there what honourable gent appears! Augusta's great Praetorian lord—but hold! Give me a goblet of true Orient mould. And ...
— Old and New London - Volume I • Walter Thornbury

... By faith we hold many truths about God, which the philosophers were unable to discover by natural reason, for instance His providence and omnipotence, and that He alone is to be worshiped, all of which are contained in the one article of the unity ...
— Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) • Thomas Aquinas

... Phil. Hold, hold! you set my thoughts so near a crown, They mount above my reach, to pull them down: Here constancy, ambition there does move; On each side beauty, ...
— The Works of John Dryden, Vol. II • Edited by Walter Scott

... determined to meddle, turned up again among us at Ostend. Only twenty-four hours, however, had to elapse before the date which had been mentioned to me by my employers. I kept poor little Eugen for the allotted time, and then you managed to get hold of him. I do not deny that you scored there, though, according to my original instructions, you scored too late. The time had passed, and so, so far as I knew, it didn't matter a pin whether Prince Eugen saw Mr Sampson Levi or not. But my employers were still uneasy. They were uneasy even after ...
— The Grand Babylon Hotel • Arnold Bennett

... garrisoned by Virginia; again, his colonists were in a revolutionary frame of mind, and he favored a distraction in the shape of a popular Indian war; finally, it seemed as though a successful raid by Virginia militia would clinch Virginia's hold on the country and the treaty of peace that must follow would widen the area of provincial lands and encourage Western settlements. April 25, 1774, he issued a proclamation in which, after reference to Pennsylvania's claims, it was asserted that Ft. Pitt was "in ...
— Chronicles of Border Warfare • Alexander Scott Withers

... enraptured with your writings, that when our spirits flag, through the infirmity of years, which hath begun to take hold of us, we have recourse to some of your papers:—"Come, my dear," cry I, "what say you to a banquet now?"—She knows what I mean. "With all my heart," says she. So I read although it be on a Sunday, so good are your letters; and ...
— Pamela (Vol. II.) • Samuel Richardson

... "Good-bye, Mrs. Liardet. I hold to what I have said. But the man that you call coarse and money-loving died in trying to make it for you. And he was a good, honest man, and I can't stay here and hear his memory abused by the woman he loved better ...
— The Ebbing Of The Tide - South Sea Stories - 1896 • Louis Becke

... must be working together for it, and how my very success, my success in shifting our beautiful harmony to a new basis, comes round to being their success, above all; their cleverness, their amiability, their power to hold out, their complete possession, in short, of our life?" For how could she say as much as that without saying a great deal more? without saying "They'll do everything in the world that suits us, save only one thing—prescribe a line for us that will make ...
— The Golden Bowl • Henry James



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