To hold in play

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To hold in play to keep occupied or employed.
    • To hold in play to keep under control; to dally with.
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Usage

In literature:

He will hold a card back for years in order to play it at the moment when the stake is best worth winning.
"The Return of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle
He will hold a card back for years in order to play it at the moment when the stake is best worth winning.
"The Return of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Mrs. Hauksbee did her best to hold him in play, but, after two dances, he crossed over to his wife and asked for a dance.
"Plain Tales from the Hills" by Rudyard Kipling
He used to hold long yarns with the crew, and talk about the captain, and play with the boys, and relax discipline in every way.
"Two Years Before the Mast" by Richard Henry Dana
I will give one instance to support my statement that the surprise is the best card in playing for a hold-up.
"Sixes and Sevens" by O. Henry
In these places a man shall find whom to love, whom to play with, whom to touch once, whom to hold ever.
"Epicoene" by Ben Jonson
Was Myra holding him like a pawn in some obscure game that she played to feed her vanity?
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Hew down the bridge, Sir Consul, with all the speed ye may; I, with two more to help me, will hold the foe in play.
"The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886" by Ministry of Education
They are often found holding positions of great responsibility, but in all matters fatalism seems to play a strange role in their life.
"Palmistry for All" by Cheiro
In vain did the Countess use her prettiest smiles to hold Danny Grin by her side as she played.
"Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service" by H. Irving Hancock
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In poetry:

Till at last, all seemed to hold good cards.
And the card shark winked at cunning pards.
A "cold deck" deftly was brought in play,
And a great stake on the table lay.
"Bill Springer's Hand" by Frank Maynard
His little son began to walk,
And lisp'd as if he meant to talk.
The prattler in the hall at play
Was notic'd by the Lady Gray.
For youth and innocence engage;
They hold a power that's lost in age.
"The Valentine" by William Hutton

In news:

Strathclyde Police hold a special campaign to show Airguns are not toys and "playing" around with them can result in death, injury or jail.
The Community Theatre League, 100 W Third St, is holding open auditions for kids ages 10 through 17 to play roles in the upcoming, non-musical version of "Beauty and the Beast".
Apalachee's defense came to play Friday, holding the aerial attack of Flowery Branch in check for the first half and helping the team build a 14-3 lead.
With hockey season on hold, some big names in the NHL choose to play overseas.
In case you missed it, here's the play-by-play, from Shmooquan's prosthetic parts, to H2M's hold on our heart.
5 seed Livonia withstood a monster game from Port Allen's Darian Claiborne, and picked up big plays in all three stages to hold on and win 30-22 in their Class 3A regional round game Friday night.
The Chiefs have played nearly 500 minutes over eight games and overtime, and so far they have yet to hold the lead in regulation for a single second.
Will Ferrell is back to play Ron Burgundy in ' Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' which won't be in theaters until 2013 so the new trailers will have to hold you over until then.
The Yankees are trying to sell this as September all over again, when they raised their level of sluggish play and gutted out some tough wins to hold off the Orioles in the AL East.
8-rated Clay-Battelle's defense was less than perfect in giving up big plays, but its offense was solid enough for the Cee -Bees to hold on for a 33-28 victory in a first-round Class A playoff game against No.
8-rated Clay-Battelle's defense was less than perfect in giving up big plays, but its offense was solid enough for the Cee -Bees to hold on for a 33-28 victory.
A team from the University of Virginia has played a role in the discovery of a particle they believe holds the key to the origin of the universe.
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham center barks his play to his Bulldogs trying to hold Buffalo in the first half.
Tebow wasn't brought in to hold a clipboard, he's going to play.
In addition, a missed 37-yard field goal attempt by Eric Osteen with 6:57 to play and Army holding a 13-10 lead meant the team had to score a touchdown at the end to win.
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In science:

The conjugate CR-equations (7) play the same role for the former functions as the CR-equations play for the latter; in practice this means that if a relation R(x, y ) has been shown to hold for an holomorphic function f of the form (4) the relation R(x, −y ) will hold for f ∗ .
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
The theory is completely analogous to its linear counterpart, in that integrability here plays no role: the analogue of Courant’s theorem, stating that the Dirac structure on a submanifold induced from an integrable Dirac structure on an ambient manifold is itself integrable, also holds in our situation.
Submanifolds of generalized complex manifolds
It is generally believed that the ocean plays an important role in the global climate dynamics in relatively long time scales, due to ocean’s large capacity of holding and transporting huge amount of heat or cold around the globe .
Stochastic Dynamics of a Coupled Atmosphere--Ocean Model
There are many basic aspects which are playing together in just the right way for this result to hold true.
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
Using the translation invariance of Q, it is clear that estimate (4.6) in fact holds if we choose another point x ∈ Zd to play the role of the origin.
Quenched invariance principles for random walks with random conductances
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