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To hold something or someone



to hold someone or something using your hands, arms, or body and take them somewhere

hold on

to hold something tightly or carefully so that you do not drop it or do not fall

hang on

to hold tightly to something



to take hold of something in a rough or rude way



to take and hold something or someone very tightly



to hold something tightly



to hold someone or something firmly, for example because you are afraid or in pain, or do not want to lose them



to hold something carefully and gently in your hands or arms

keep hold of something

to not take your hands away from something that you are holding

hold tight

used for telling someone to hold something, so that they do not drop it or so that they do not fall

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a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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