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    hold off / hold on

    Dear teachers,

    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

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    Re: hold off / hold on

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    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.
    "
    Perhaps the writer wrote the article first, then, when looking for a title for it, skimmed over the first line and came up with "hold off". I note that he has a preference for phrasal verbs. Why bother to think of "retaining" when you can write "holding on to" and be sure that your readers understand you?
    I doubt whether he was looking for a literary effect.

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