hold (one's) own

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hold (one's) own

To be able to do something with a sufficient level of skill or 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 ?
Hence it is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity.
Young, supple and active, with all the pent energies from years of pure and healthy living, it was not long before he could manage his horse and his weapon well enough to earn an approving nod from critical men-at-arms, or to hold his own against Terlake and Ford, his fellow-servitors.
I remembered that Challenger had declared that man could not exist upon the plateau, since with his feeble weapons he could not hold his own against the monsters who roamed over it.
He sprang upon Spitz with a fury which surprised them both, and Spitz particularly, for his whole experience with Buck had gone to teach him that his rival was an unusually timid dog, who managed to hold his own only because of his great weight and size.
But alas, this industry is dominated by Goliaths, and this ambitious young David needs to put in that extra effort to hold his own on the runway.