hold (one's) own

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hold (one's) own

To be able to do something as well as others can. Don't you worry about me—I've been playing basketball since I was a kid and can hold my own against you bums.
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hold one's own

to do as well as anyone else. I can hold my own in a footrace any day. She was unable to hold her own, and she had to quit.
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hold one's own

Do reasonably well despite opposition, competition, or criticism. For example, The team held its own against their opponents, or Rumors often hold their own against facts. [First half of 1300s]
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hold your own

COMMON If someone or something holds their own, they are as successful or of the same quality as someone or something else. Some areas of industry, such as shipbuilding, were able to hold their own in international markets. The most highly skilled members of the American workforce can hold their own with any in the world.
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hold your own

retain a position of strength in a challenging situation; not be defeated or weakened.
1953 Margaret Kennedy Troy Chimneys A young man so gifted may hold his own very well.
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hold your ˈown

remain in a strong position when somebody is attacking you, competing with you, etc: There was a lot of competition but she managed to hold her own.‘How’s your father?’ ‘He’s holding his own, but only just. We’ll just have to hope that he’ll start getting better soon.’
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hold (one's) own

To do reasonably well despite difficulty or criticism.
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References in classic literature ?
When the day grew quite strong and commonplace these dried off her; moreover, Tess then lost her strange and ethereal beauty; her teeth, lips, and eyes scintillated in the sunbeams and she was again the dazzlingly fair dairymaid only, who had to hold her own against the other women of the world.
She's also great in bed, she can hold her own in a session down at the pub and she loves going away.
Watson was the outsider who had to hold her own as the only woman in a cast and crew dominated by men.