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 HoldHold Forth (To). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hold.
 
(Anglo-Saxon, heald-an, to hold.)   1
   He is not fit to hold the candle to him. He is very inferior. The allusion is to link-boys who held candles in theatres and other places of night amusement.   2
       
“Others say that Mr. Handel
To Bonocini can’t hold a candle.”
       
Swift.
   To cry hold. Stop. The allusion is to the old military tournaments; when the umpires wished to stop the contest they cried out “Hold!”   3
       
“Lay on Macduff,
       
And damn’d be him that first cries, ‘Hold, enough!’”
       
Shakespeare: Macbeth, v. 8.
 


 HoldHold Forth (To). 

 
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