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    Hold the fort

    I have tried to use "hold the fort" in my sentence. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    While Anna was in hospital, her husband was holding the fort in their fashion shop.

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    Re: Hold the fort

    Her husband was holding the fort down.

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    Re: Hold the fort

    "Hold the fort" is BrE. "Hold down the fort" is AmE.

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    Re: Hold the fort

    Absolutely Bassim. In BrE, it's just "hold(ing) the fort" meaning "looking after everything". I find "fashion shop" a little odd. Is it a clothes shop?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Hold the fort

    emsr2d2,

    Longman dictionary in the "collocations box" has "a fashion shop"

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    Re: Hold the fort

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    "Hold the fort" is BrE. "Hold down the fort" is AmE.
    But of course. Which do you aspire to speak?

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    Re: Hold the fort

    Phaedrus,

    I aspire to speak British English, although I read a lot of books published in the US, but the UK is geographically closer. I listen usually to the radio programs from the UK and follow mostly what is happening in the UK rather than in the US.

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    Re: Hold the fort

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Phaedrus,

    I aspire to speak British English, although I read a lot of books published in the US, but the UK is geographically closer. I ​usually listen usually to the radio programs from the UK and mostly/mainly follow mostly what is happening in the UK rather than in the US.
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Hold the fort

    Both 'hold the fort' and 'hold down the fort' are commonly used in AmE. It's just a personal choice of whether or not you choose to stick in that preposition.

    I tend to use 'hold the fort' as more of an imperative, but use 'hold down the fort' when speaking of my own intentions.

    Hold the fort, and I'll be back in 30 minutes.
    I'll hold down the fort if you want to take a quick lunch break.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: Hold the fort

    Commonly used? I don't think I've ever once heard the idiom without "down," and it sounds plain wrong to me without it.

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