Meaning 1 ►▼
The defensive line, usually seven men, tries to stay in its position against the opponent's offensive attack.
The Los Angeles Rams held the line at the five yard line against the San Francisco Forty-Niner offensive attack.
Meaning 2 ►▼
to stay and not move
Hold the line on that offer. We are not going to pay any more.
Hold the line is a military term for holding or staying in place under enemy offensive fire.