see: at bay
- Hold all the aces
Also, hold all the trumps . Be in a winning position, as in We can’t argue with Jeff; he holds all the aces , or If Jean refuses, he’ll reveal that he holds all the trumps and force her to give in . These expressions allude to card games in which the ace or a […]
noun 1. a button on a telephone that enables someone to interrupt an incoming call temporarily in order to answer another call.
[hohld-bak] /ˈhoʊldˌbæk/ noun 1. the iron or strap on the shaft of a horse-drawn vehicle to which the breeching of the harness is attached, enabling the horse to hold back or to back the vehicle. 2. a device for restraining or checking, as a doorstop or tieback. 3. a stop or delay: a holdback in […]
[hohld-doun] /ˈhoʊldˌdaʊn/ noun 1. a clamp for holding a metal piece, as a sheet being deep-drawn, to prevent distortion or movement. 2. restraint or limitation short of reduction, especially on costs: a substantial holddown on military spending.