Meaning of “hold (down) the fort” in the English Dictionary

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hold (down) the fort

humorous

to have responsibility for something while someone is absent:

I'll be out of the office for a few hours - will you hold the fort until I get back?

(Definition of “hold (down) the fort” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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