English version

hold on to somebody/something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhold on to somebody/something phrasal verbKEEP/CONTINUE TO HAVEto keep something rather than losing it, selling it, or giving it to someone else The soldiers held on to the bridge for three more days. I think I’ll hold on to these old records for now. hold→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
hold on to This might enable them to hold on to around 100 of their present 270 seats.Whitman won because she held on to conservatives.To Marquand, MacDonald's real fault was that he held on to his nineteenth-century principles for too long.He wasn't sure that he would be given a chance to hold on to his wife.Once I picked it up, I just wanted to make sure I held on to it.He could hold on to office even though so severely disabled as to be unable to lead.These beautiful new books, filled with morals and happy endings, help us hold on to our storytelling heritage.
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Verb table
hold
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyhold
he, she, itholds
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyheld
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave held
he, she, ithas held
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad held
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill hold
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have held
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam holding
he, she, itis holding
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you, we, theyare holding
Past
I, he, she, itwas holding
you, we, theywere holding
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been holding
he, she, ithas been holding
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been holding
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be holding
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been holding
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