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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.]
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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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Dorrell said his overhauled coaching staff, which includes six new assistants and three holdovers in different roles than in 2005, will take time gaining cohesion and continuity in training camp.
I think Bush is taking orders from all the old holdovers from other administrations.
La Fontaine was for Fumaroli one of the last holdovers from the Renaissance: along with the Corneille brothers and Gassendi's publisher, he belonged to a "youth academy" assembled by Fouquet, parallel to the official Academie Francaise founded by Richelieu and turned by Colbert into a tireless manufacturer of panegyrics to the king.
They are holdovers from an earlier phase of his artistic (and sexual) maturity, in which the young artist enjoyed depicting his circle's adventures in the sexual demimonde.
Some argue that New Economy businesses can't or won't adapt to traditional accounting standards, while others say that current financial statements are backwards -- little more than holdovers from the Industrial Age.
The court held that, although RPAPL 711(5) and 715(1) do not require a notice of termination in these types of holdovers, a 30-day notice of termination is required under 24 code of Federal Regulation 966.