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 ?
In the organism of states such men are necessary, as wolves are necessary in the organism of nature, and they always exist, always appear and hold their own, however incongruous their presence and their proximity to the head of the government may be.
Many and brave comrades followed the son of Telamon, to relieve him of his shield when he was overcome with sweat and toil, but the Locrians did not follow so close after the son of Oileus, for they could not hold their own in a hand-to-hand fight.
It was a common opinion that our men should not have shut themselves up in the Goletta, but should have waited in the open at the landing-place; but those who say so talk at random and with little knowledge of such matters; for if in the Goletta and in the fort there were barely seven thousand soldiers, how could such a small number, however resolute, sally out and hold their own against numbers like those of the enemy?
ANDY KIRK is convinced Dunfermline can hold their own in the SPL after proving they are a match for top-flight teams in cup competitions.
While one in 20 children could not hold their own weight while hanging from the wall bars in 1998, a decade later, one in 10 could not manage it.
The Incredible Relay is asking people to hold their own themed parties to help the RNIB Rushton School collect extra funds for the building of its new school.
A statement from the WPBSA said: "In instances where the G a m b l i n g C o m m ission commences an investigation into a match, the WPBSA work together with the Commission to assist in their enquiries and the WPBSA will hold their own investigation open pending the conclusion.
We at World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) are encouraging people to hold their own Wildflower Picnics and raise valuable funds for our cancer prevention research and education programmes.
I recognize that any church is made up of a wide variety of people who hold their own views and biases.
After weeks of watching the controversy unfold, state lawmakers jumped in and claimed they would hold their own hearings on the issue in the spring.
Unable to hold their own against foreign competition, Latin American carriers have relied increasingly on domestic routes, leaving themselves more vulnerable to currency devaluation and recession.
STUDENTS are to hold their own version of the X Factor to raise money for charity.
He added, however, that if conservative groups feel underrepresented in the footage, it might be because they traditionally hold their own rallies at the Capitol building or the Supreme Court rather than at the Lincoln Memorial.
It's hard to believe that some of this stuff is 20-years old, but shit like Adrenaline OD, Bad Brains (originally from DC, of course), Kraut, Stimulators, The Mad, and even the early Beastie Boys (sure, they used to be punk back in the day), still hold their own to this day.
Yamaguchi says this could enable them to pick up the song accents of their new neighborhoods and hold their own in the song-matching duels that enable males to define and defend their territories.