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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhold over
he/she/itholds over
present participleholding over
past tenseheld over
past participleheld over
  1. 1
    hold something over someone to hold something above someone or something

    She ran out with an umbrella and held it over my head.

  2. 2
    hold something over someone to threaten to tell something that you know about someone in order to force them to do something
  3. 3
    to do something or deal with something at a later time or date

    One session was held over until this evening.

    They intend to hold the article over for the next edition.

  4. 4
    to let a play or film continue for longer than was planned because it is so successful

    The film was held over for another week.

See also main entry: hold

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