holding action

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That US allies are conducting a critical holding action - they are trying to keep the liberal order as healthy and stable as possible until Washington once again emerges as its chief defender.
We cannot be holding action on this," Devanadera pointed out.
Disregarding personal safety, Cribb moved about the fire-swept impact area, reorganized his command for maximum defense, and directed a holding action.
Now is the time to work harder, says Cristobal, replying to a comment that he can very well just engage in a holding action until the elections in May.
It is a holding action, largely designed to avoid explosions and permit the forces of history to bring humanity into their embrace.
In their first action at the Chemin-des-Dames, they participated in a holding action within sight of the German lines, catching incoming fire from the Boche, and conducting various night raids into enemy territory.
In such battles as the holding action at Le Cateau, during the retreat from Mons, the British continued to pour in a devastating fusillade against the Bosch, sustaining a rate of fire double that of the official War Department estimate of 16 aimed rounds per minute.
While there can be no doubt that a full understanding of its past--which it should be remembered cannot be based on any single memory but requires attention to multiple memories--is important for any society, Graham sees memory movements as "the best holding action we have against resurgent fascism" and nothing less than the means by which we can achieve "our survival as something worthy of the name of 'humanity'.
Gamble takes great pains to show how the Allies, using their limited and mostly outdated and out-classed equipment, waged an increasingly successful holding action against a superior force.
If civilization has been a holding action against doom, that knowledge has been neither prescient nor counsel.
He also treated the freeze order as if it were permanent and not just a holding action until a full hearing on the merits could be held.
Still, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that this was, in the end, a holding action.