hold down

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hold down (third-person singular simple present holds down, present participle holding down, simple past and past participle held down)

  1. (idiomatic, transitive) To restrain; to check.
    Please hold the noise down.
    You hold him down while I search him.
  2. (idiomatic, transitive) To continue, to hold and to manage well.
    I held down that job for years.