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[hohld-oh-ver] /ˈhoʊldˌoʊ vər/
a person or thing remaining from a former period.
Printing. overset that can be kept for future use.
Origin of holdover
1885-1890, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase hold over Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for holdover
  • But soldiers and their families didn't hear about the holdover from their commanders.
  • Sooner or later it's doomed, a vestigial holdover from the days when comic books were sold on spinning metal racks to kids.
  • The stealth mode is a holdover from the origins of the vehicle's propulsion system.
  • It's a silly social norm with absolutely no redeeming qualities, and in fact is a holdover from a belief in fantasy.
  • The lecture is a medieval holdover from the days when the way to get your textbook was to copy it down as the lecturer spoke.
  • Two holdover movies retained a healthy share of their audiences.
  • In a holdover proceeding, a landlord wants to evict a tenant or an occupant for reasons other than non-payment of rent.
  • Trout fishing is good in the spring and fall with holdover trout taken during the summer.
British Dictionary definitions for holdover

hold over

verb (transitive, mainly adverb)
to defer consideration of or action on
to postpone for a further period
to prolong (a note, chord, etc) from one bar to the next
(preposition) to intimidate (a person) with (a threat)
noun (US & Canadian, informal)
an elected official who continues in office after his term has expired
a performer or performance continuing beyond the original engagement
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