hold the fort

[hold the fort] {v. phr.} 1. To defend a fort successfully; fightoff attackers.

The little group held the fort for days until helpcame.

2. {informal} To keep a position against opposing forces.

Friends of civil liberties held the fort during a long debate.

3.{informal} to keep service or operations going

It was ChristmasEve, and a few workers held the fort in the office.

Mother andFather went out and told the children to hold the fort.