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hold the fort

Meaning: If you hold the fort, you look after a place or a business while the person who is normally in charge is away.

For example:

  • Can you hold the fort while I run down to the bank?

  • Your job will be to serve customers, and occasionally hold the fort if I have to go out.

Quick Quiz:

The shop's manager had to go out for a while, so Julie held the fort
  1. when he got back
  2. while he was gone
  3. before he went

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