To hold together

to be joined; not to separate; to remain in union.

See also: Hold

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
I was even accustomed to make an irruption into some houses, where I was well entertained, and after learning the kernels and very last sieveful of news -- what had subsided, the prospects of war and peace, and whether the world was likely to hold together much longer -- I was let out through the rear avenues, and so escaped to the woods again.
It was the one last improvement that enabled interdependent nations to handle themselves and to hold together.
Briefly, Robert Elsmere, a priest of the Anglican Church, marries a very religious woman; there is the perfection of "mutual love"; at length he has doubts about "historic Christianity"; he gives up his orders; carries his learning, his fine intellect, his goodness, nay, his saintliness, into a kind of Unitarianism; the wife becomes more intolerant than ever; there is a long and faithful effort on both sides, eventually successful, on the part of these mentally [66] divided people, to hold together; ending with the hero's death, the genuine piety and resignation of which is the crowning touch in the author's able, learned, and thoroughly sincere apology for Robert Elsmere's position.
Previously, vessels grown in a lab had failed to hold together without the support of a synthetic backing.
Individual chapters trace their stories: accepting the constraints of womanhood, transcending base beginnings to become a hero, experiencing a mystic presence, trying to hold together a people and a tradition.
In his case study of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo where ma or conservation efforts were under way when the hostilities intensified, Andrew Plumptre discusses the importance of junior staff members, who often have the ability and the will to hold together conservation efforts even under extreme and dangerous situations.
I knew it wasn't going to hold together indefinitely.
Like others who have been abused, these women have been made to feel worthless and unvalued and they are ready to clutch at any way of feeling better so as to hold together a tattered sense of self.
Scotchshield, the first window security film designed to hold together broken glass, was invented by 3M in the 1960s.
Like the work of Fautrier and Wols, Michaax's drawings show a mind disturbed by its own sensitivity and unable to hold together except when operating at recklessly high speed.
Alexander Lowen talks of an "as if" quality to Hold Together expression.
There we find a consistent and "astonishing power to hold together two principles that, on the face of it, are irreconcilable" (132).