Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to explain to me what prompted the author of the article below to use the mentioned a little past two phrasal vers in parallel?
'Dark Knight' holds off 'The Mummy'
LOS ANGELES (UPI) -- Batman beat the Mummy this weekend, holding on to the No. 1 ranking in U.S. theaters, Box Office Mojo said Sunday.
"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," starring Brendan Fraser and Jet Li, grossed $42.45 million in its debut weekend, but that still left it lagging behind "Dark Knight," which pulled in $43.8 million in its third week.
hold off (v) = fight to a stand-off, as in sports; wait before acting
hold on (v) = hold firmly; retain possession of
Thank you for your efforts.
I doubt whether he was looking for a literary effect.