hold the fort

This page is about the idiom hold the fort


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

a. when he got back

b. while he was gone

c. before he went
a) when he got back b) while he was gone c) before he went

See Idiom of the Day today

Contributor: Matt Errey