AskDefine | Define holdover

Dictionary Definition



1 an official who remains in office after his term [syn: hangover]
2 something that has survived from the past; "a holdover from the sixties"; "hangovers from the 19th century" [syn: hangover]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Something left behind, saved or remaining from an earlier time.
    That policy is a holdover from days of punch card data entry.''

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

afterglow, afterimage, balance, butt, butt end, candle ends, chaff, debris, detritus, end, fag end, filings, fossil, husks, incumbent, ins, jack-in-office, lame duck, leavings, leftovers, new broom, odds and ends, office-bearer, officeholder, offscourings, orts, parings, president-elect, public official, public servant, rags, refuse, relics, remainder, remains, remnant, residue, residuum, rest, roach, rubbish, ruins, rump, sawdust, scourings, scraps, shadow, shavings, straw, stubble, stump, survival, sweepings, trace, vestige, waste
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