Maddened by Mad Men

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 20 21:44:10 UTC 2011

On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 4:57 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
> Isn't this just an example of the phrasal verb "to hold down," documented by the OED back to 1891 and by now well established in phrases such as "to hold down a job"?

Whatever the origin of "hold _down_ the fort," the phrase is still an
annoyance to some of us.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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