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English definition of “hold sth down ”

hold sth down

phrasal verb with hold     /həʊld/ verb (held, held)
to keep something at a low level or to prevent it from rising : The Fed held down interest rates to encourage growth in the economy .
to be able to keep a job : He couldn't hold down a job for more than a few months at a time . She had three children , and still managed to hold down a full-time job .
(Definition of hold sth down from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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