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hold out

1. verb To physically extend something to someone or something. Can you hold out a towel for me to dry my hands?
2. verb To refuse an offer or agreement, usually in order to wait for something else. I think they're lowballing me, so I plan to hold out for a better contract.
3. verb To remain in supply. How long do we think these drinks will hold out? Should I pour some more?
4. verb To maintain a defensive position. The police are going to breach this blockade eventually—we can't hold out forever.
5. verb To keep something from someone or something else, especially information or money. Someone needs to chip in three more bucks and I'll have enough to cover the bill. Who's holding out? Are you holding out on me? Do you know more details about the merger than you're letting on?
6. noun One who is opposed to an offer or agreement. In this usage, the phrase is often written as one word ("holdout"). We've still got some holdouts who are voting against this contract.
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hold someone or something out (of something)

 and hold someone or something out
to set someone or something aside from the rest; to prevent someone or a group from participating. Her parents held her out of sports because of her health. They held out every player who had an injury.
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hold something out (to someone)

to offer something to someone. I held a bouquet of roses out to her. I held out an offer of immunity from prosecution to her, but she would not cooperate.
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hold out (for someone or something)

to strive to wait for someone or something. I will hold out for someone who can do the job better than the last person we interviewed. I want to hold out for a better offer.
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hold out

(against someone or something) to continue one's defense against someone or something. We can hold out against them only a little while longer. Dave can hold out forever.
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hold out

1. Extend, stretch forth; also, present or offer something. For example, He held out his hand and she took it, or The new policy held out promise of major changes in the welfare program. These usages date from the first half of the 1500s and of the 1600s respectively.
2. Last, continue to be in supply or service, as in The food is holding out nicely. [Late 1500s] Also see hold up, def. 4.
3. Continue to resist, as in The garrison held out for another month. [Second half of 1700s]
4. Withhold cooperation, agreement, or information, as in We've asked for a better deal, but they've been holding out for months. It is also put as hold out on, as in They were still holding out on some of the provisions, or He's not telling us what happened; he's holding out on us.
5. hold out for. Insist on obtaining, as in The union is still holding out for a better contract. [c. 1900]
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hold out

v.
1. To present or proffer something as being attainable: I held a carrot out for the rabbit. The valet held out the keys for us.
2. To continue to be in supply or service; last: Our food held out during the blizzard.
3. To continue to resist: The defending garrison held out for a month.
4. To refuse to reach or satisfy an agreement: The union held out for three months without signing the contract.
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From Argentina's perspective, renewed access to international capital markets was worth the cost of settling with the holdouts.
Wednesday, one of the four holdouts rode an ATV outside a barricade established by the militia at the refuge, the FBI said.
The populations in the holdout counties range from 86 people in Loving County to 8,199 in Hamilton County.
The holdouts to Argentina, protected under US laws, could not be forced to take lesser payment, as in the case of Greece and many other countries that include these clauses
Buenos Aires/New York - Argentina will default on its debt within hours after talks with holdout creditors broke down on Wednesday.
Holdout investors are led by Elliott Management's NML Capital Ltd and Aurelius Capital Management, two hedge funds that specialise in buying up deeply discounted or distressed debt and negotiating profitable settlements, often through the use of the courts.
to fulfill a court order requiring full payment to litigant holdouts.
Like many other scholars, Miceli concludes that eminent domain is needed to overcome such holdouts.
Strikes and holdouts in wage bargaining: Theory and data.
We are actually one of a few holdouts that haven't already signed up, for good reason.
The only holdouts are ornery varmints like the folks at The Wall Street Journal editorial page who cheekily continue to publish iconoclastic op-ed pieces by professors from MIT warning that there is in fact no scientific consensus on global warming.
There are still holdouts - neighbors who would prefer to see no growth in airport traffic and have retail instead, or business boosters who want greater aviation uses to reap even grander economic rewards.
Of nearly a dozen fossils of such Caribbean holdouts, the most recent come from a Haitian sloth that lived about 4,400 years ago and a Cuban counterpart that lived about 4,200 years ago.
Life is dangerous for all: for the ranchers, for the Apaches who return to the mountains and raid the settlers, miners, and stagecoaches, for the Apaches who live on the crime and disease-ridden reservation, and for the soldiers who are called upon to pursue the holdouts.
Notable holdouts are China, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia.