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One that is held over from an earlier time: a political adviser who was a holdover from the Reagan era; a family tradition that is a holdover from my grandparents' childhood.


(ˈhoʊldˌoʊ vər)

a person or thing remaining from a former period.
[1885–90, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.holdover - an official who remains in office after his term
functionary, official - a worker who holds or is invested with an office
2.holdover - something that has survived from the past; "a holdover from the sixties"; "hangovers from the 19th century"
survival - something that survives
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Shashat produced seven new films, 3 from the West Bank and 4 from Gaza on cultural, social and environmental remnants which are hold-overs and left-overs which contaminate and slowly poison our social, cultural and environmental landscape.
The bicameral conference committee yesterday morning decided to postpone the SK elections, with no hold-overs once the term of current SK members expire.
Hold-overs from Barry Fry's time, Steve Castle and Andy Legg, also started.