hold firm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hold firm refuse to abandon one's opinion or belief
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Quotations

  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Yes! To this thought I hold with firm persistence; The last result of wisdom stamps it true; He only earns his freedom and existence Who daily conquers them anew.”

Usage

In literature:

It became a contest as to whose face should hold firm longest.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
In Upper Germany the Company held firm hold on Vienna, Prag, Munich, and Ingolstadt.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Oh for something strong and firm to hold.
"Dangerous Ages" by Rose Macaulay
He will find that innocence and uprightness will hold his feet firm and make him happy when jouking will not do it.
"Samuel Rutherford and some of his correspondents" by Alexander Whyte
We know that a part of the work of the root is to penetrate the soil and hold the plant firmly in place.
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
He holds his plate firmly in his left hand, and proceeds, at once, to cut his peach in halves.
"Autumn Leaves" by Various
The bear had forced his great head into the top of it and its hoop had got a firm hold on his neck.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
These walls are visible; they still hold firm.
"The Wonders of Pompeii" by Marc Monnier
His strong hands would firmly retain whatever they wished to hold.
"Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland" by Joseph Tatlow
There was much to do in Allaha, and the spirit of intrigue had laid firm hold of him.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Beat with a Dover egg beater until the mixture will firmly hold its shape.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
Towards an ugly husband or an ugly wife love of this kind holds a firm place.
"The Poison Tree" by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
You may successfully refute him, but he holds firmly to his own ideas.
"Talks on Talking" by Grenville Kleiser
She clutched a firm hold of Orion's hand.
"A Little Mother to the Others" by L. T. Meade
The index-finger cavity is large and eccentric and furnishes a firm hold.
"Throwing-sticks in the National Museum" by Otis T. Mason
The railway strike has taken firm hold there.
"Foes in Ambush" by Charles King
As it is, I may miss a throw or two in getting firm hold.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish
Janus reached over and took firm hold of the guardian's arm for the last step to insure her safety.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls in the Hills" by Janet Aldridge
Now hold it firmly until I am on my feet.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
Then, little by little, they bent it upward; until at last they could obtain a firm hold of it.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
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In poetry:

These things alone endure;
"They are the solid facts," that we may grasp,
Leading us on and upward if we clasp
And hold them firm and sure.
"Reality" by Emma Lazarus
See, I hold my hand to meet
That cool, shadowy hand of thine;
Hold it firmly, it is sweet
Thus to clasp and thus to greet,
Though no more in full sunshine.
"My Birthday" by Susan Coolidge
Then hold me firm. I cannot choose but long
For that which lies and burns beyond my reach,
Suggested in your steadfast, subtle song
And his most marvellous speech!
"To Henry Halloran" by Henry Kendall
The hill ... The trees ... From underneath
I feel You pull me with your hand:
Through my firm feet up to my heart
You hold me,--You are in the land,
Reposing underneath the hill.
"Gravikty" by Harold Monro
O coward heart of mine!
When storms shall beat again,
Hold firmly to this thought divine,
As anchorage in pain:
That, lonely though thou seemest to be, the Lord is near,
remembering thee.
"A Lonely Moment" by Susan Coolidge
No wrath of men, or rage of seas,
Can shake a just man's purposes;
No threats of tyrants, or the grim
Visage of them can alter him;
But what he doth at first intend,
That he holds firmly to the end.
"Purpose" by Robert Herrick

In news:

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Boehner demands deeper cuts and Democrats hold firm on upper-income taxes and the Medicare eligibility age.
Fannie, Freddie Regulator Holds Firm Against Mortgage Write-Downs.
However, Latin America also holds risks for Iberian firms.
But Latin America also holds risks for Iberian firms.
ADT holds strategic talks with investment firm .
But Democratic liberals such as Sen Patty Murray of Washington and Rep Peter DeFazio of Oregon are urging fellow progressives to hold firm rather than accommodate the Republicans.
Carlyle Group LP (CG CG), the world's second- largest private-equity firm, acquired a controlling stake of 49 percent in China's Mandarin Hotel Holdings Ltd to tap the country's mid-tier hotel market.
An insider with Tencent disclosed in an interview recently that ECC, a holding firm taking charge of ecommerce business at it, would merge Buy.qq.com and 51buy.com in March next year and the newborn would operate with the brand of 51buy.com.
The percentage of mortgage-holding homeowners who were at least two months behind on their payments sank in the third quarter to the lowest level in more than three years, according to credit reporting firm TransUnion.
Pri-Med founder John Mooney and his former management team have returned to the firm, which is under new ownership following M C Holding's sale of the.
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