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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hold One in Hand (To).
 
To amuse in order to get some advantage. The allusion is to horses held in hand or under command of the driver.   1
 


 Hold One Guilty (To).Hold One’s Own (To). 

 
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