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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 to accept 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. All the other homeowners in the area have agreed to sell their property, but we are still holding out.
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 continue to survive or endure. Our food and water are starting to run low, so I don't think we can hold out much longer if help doesn't arrive soon. Business has been pretty bad lately, but we're trying to hold out in the hopes that the market starts to improve.
6. verb To keep something from someone or something else, especially information or money. Someone still needs to chip in three more bucks 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?
7. verb To withhold someone or something (from something). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "out." I heard that Sarah's parents are holding her out of play rehearsals because she has the mumps. Hold these pink cupcakes out for now—there's more than enough already on the table.
8. 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.
See also: hold, out

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]
See also: hold, out

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.
See also: hold, out
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As a holdout in the waiting room, one gets used to the departures of contemporary colleagues and friends.
bonds to subordinate the claims of all holdouts makes the subordination
From Argentina's perspective, renewed access to international capital markets was worth the cost of settling with the holdouts. For years, Argentina's government has been financing deficits with the printing press, resulting in high inflation, now above 30 per cent.
Wednesday, one of the four holdouts rode an ATV outside a barricade established by the militia at the refuge, the FBI said.
After the court ruling requiring repayment to the holdouts under the pari passu clause, Argentina offered the holdouts a repayment at essentially the same rates that it offered to other bondholders during previous exchanges.
But with most counties already issuing same-sex marriage licenses, Maxey, the first openly gay legislator in Texas, said there wasn't much reason to file lawsuits in every holdout county - other than Irion County - "to make a point" because of the small population in those counties.
On July 31, after exhausting all appeals, Argentina officially defaulted on $1.3 billion in bond payments to these holdouts that a US judge in New York had ordered them to pay in 2012.
A midnight Wednesday deadline to reach a deal with holdout bondholders came and went with Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof holding firm to his government's position that it could not accept a deal with U.S.
Kicillof told reporters in New York that Argentina had offered the holdouts the same terms as the bond swaps issued in 2005 and 2010.
South American leaders have rallied behind Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, who is locked in a legal battle with holdout investors that could trigger a debt default this week, Reuters reports.
Argentina has consistently argued the RUFO clause prohibits it from settling with the holdouts.
Argentina was ordered by Griesa in 2012 to pay holdouts, who did not participate in the debt exchange, $1.33 billion plus interest on unrestructured bonds stemming from the country's $100 billion default in 2001-2002.
A federal judge has asked Citigroup, Inc (NYSE: C) to wait to see whether a court ruling on whether Argentina must pay hedge fund holdouts from its 2001 default will affect it.
"holdouts" representing $18.6 billion did not tender their