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hold

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to cause to be later or slower than expected or desired

to keep in custody

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The four first were the more fortunate, who though they were detained some time by the Turkish bassa, were dismissed at the request of the emperor, who sent him a zebra, or wild ass, a creature of large size and admirable beauty.
Today we heard of the launch having been detained by an accident when trying to force a way up the rapids.
Fix rubbed his hands softly with satisfaction; if Phileas Fogg could be detained in Calcutta a week, it would be more than time for the warrant to arrive.
Day after day and week after week elapsed, yet the store-house requisite for the reception of the cargo was not completed, and the ship was detained in port; while the captain was teased by frequent requisitions for various articles for the use of the establishment, or the trade with the natives.
On the first of June the ship got under way, and dropped down to Baker's Bay, where she was detained for a few days by a head wind; but early in the morning of the fifth stood out to sea with a fine breeze and swelling canvas, and swept off gaily on her fatal voyage, from which she was never to return!
Anna Pavlovna in dismay detained him with the words: "Do you know the Abbe Morio?
Having saluted us both, he would have passed on, but she detained him; first with observations upon the disagreeable weather, and then with asking if he would be so kind as to come some time to-morrow to see the granddaughter of the old woman who kept the porter's lodge, for the girl was ill of a fever, and wished to see him.
A CERTAIN MAN, detained by a storm in his country house, first of all killed his sheep, and then his goats, for the maintenance of his household.
Jasper was sent for, the watch and shirt-pin were identified, Neville was detained, and the wildest frenzy and fatuity of evil report rose against him.
On the suspicions thus urged and supported, Neville was detained, and re-detained, and the search was pressed on every hand, and Jasper laboured night and day.
I bade him observe and remember how I was treated there; that he saw I was detained there by force.
I was detained looking for you, till I lost every train but the mail.
To which Mrs Milvey added, taking thought for him, like the championing little wife she was; 'Oh yes, detained at the last moment.
TULKAREM, December 10, 2015 (WAFA) Israeli forces overnight detained 31 Palestinians, including four minors, from West Bank districts, said the Palestine Prisoner's Society (PPS) and security sources.
A number of journalists and activists held a protest Wednesday in front of the Press Syndicate calling for the release of their detained colleagues.