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hold true

see under hold good
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  • Both factors also hold true in the case of the girl whose sexual activity is under the special care of the mother.

  • Let me ask—of what period of youth and manhood does it not hold true?

    Daily Thoughts Charles Kingsley
  • This does not hold true for criminal women, who become grey more quickly than ordinary women.

    The Criminal Havelock Ellis
  • No one description can be given that will hold true of all instances.

  • The words of Plotinus, in the assumed person of Nature, hold true of the philosophic energy.

    Biographia Literaria Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • The same thing does not hold true of man in the social state.

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