Meaning of “hold down something” in the English Dictionary

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hold down something

phrasal verb with hold us /hoʊld/ verb past tense and past participle held /held/

(STAY WORKING)

to stay working in a job:

He’s never been able to hold down a steady job.

hold down something

phrasal verb with hold us /hoʊld/ verb past tense and past participle held /held/

(MAINTAIN LEVEL)

to maintain something at a low level:

Hold down the noise in there, kids!

(Definition of “hold down something” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)