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What does “it” stand for in phrases such as “get/hold it together”?

Each time I encounter these turns of phrase, I wonder whether I'm quite grasping the meaning. Edward Norton says in an interview that the hardest part was getting it together as he talks about ...
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What is the correct comparative placement of “more”?

When using comparative statements, does it have to be: It is more that they were too afraid to fight than that they were lacking skills. or could it be like this: It is that they ...
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Positioning two instances of “it” in a question, is one option more likely to be confusing, ambiguous, or mis-understood than the other?

I'm torn how to position the two instances of "it" in this question. I believe that both sentences are acceptable and convey the same meaning, but I'm not sure which is more likely to be confusing, ...
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Placeholder 'it'

If you're afraid of something, it probably means you should do it. I read the above sentence and was curious about the significance of the first'it'. Is it a placeholder 'it'? The second 'it' ...