to hold down a job

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - hold down a job

"to hold down a job"

to keep a job for a period of time


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hold down a job

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Poor Henry. He is unemployed again.

Friend 2:  Henry can't seem to hold down a job for more than a year at a time. What happened this time?

Friend 1:  Henry got bored with his job and quit.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hold down a job

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  Why are you home so early in the day?

Husband:  I got laid-off from work. The factory has slowed down and the company let go the people with lowest seniority.

Wife:  How is a person supposed to hold down a job nowadays?

Husband:  I sure am getting tired of being laid-off from job after job.

to hold down a job - Usage:


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to hold down a job - Gerund Form:

Holding down a job for five years during a recession can be a challenge.

to hold down a job - Examples:

1)  SAD can be so extreme that people aren't able to hold down a job, concentrate properly, experience extreme lethargy and even end relationships if they're not ...

2)  ... suffered from schizophrenia, bipolar and narcissistic personality disorders, couldn't hold down a job and had been charged with burglary in 2005.

3)  ... the pain has become so extreme that she can't physically hold down a job.

4)  He made her work to help support them when he couldn't hold down a job.

5)  He will also have to hold down a job and meet regularly with a community supervision officer.

6)  ... carrying all the childcare on your own as well as trying to hold down a job and it all just gets a bit much.

7)  ... is quite the character and says he has never been able to hold down a job as something happens in the universe every time he gets one.

8)  ... may have disabilities that make it difficult to hold down a job but that don't qualify them for federal disability benefits.

9)  ... was forced to drop out of college and found it difficult to hold down a job because she was in constant pain.

10)  ... to improve economic security. Even if a hardworking American struggles to hold down a job, he or she should still be able to save for retirement.

11)  The self-centered Kate can't hold down a job because she's incapable of showing respect and consideration to others.

12)  ... to give up alcohol and drugs, and is now successfully holding down a job.

13)  ... help users avoid the cycle of incarceration that can keep them from holding down a job, finding housing and becoming productive members of the community.

14)  ... the demands of being a single mother with two young children while holding down a job requiring her to work evening and weekend shifts.

15)  Asked if they felt that holding down a job now is harder than it was for previous generations ...

16)  ... said a failure to provide affordable childcare was preventing parents from holding down a job.

17)  Despite consuming methamphetamine and heroin on a daily basis, Chamberlain held down a job as a flag person while trafficking on the side.

18)  He moved to Glasgow to study music and held down a job at the same time.

19)  James has never held down a job and still suffers severe aftershocks from his mental breakdown.

20)  After he was released in 2013, Mthintha never held down a job for longer than a few months.