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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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hold one's own, to

To stand one’s ground successfully against attack, competition, or some other pressure. The own here refers to position or advantage. In use since the sixteenth century, the expression was a cliché by the nineteenth century. It appears in a famous speech by Winston Churchill in 1942, during World War II: “Let me, however, make this clear. . . . We mean to hold our own. I have not become the King’s First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.” An alternate synonym is to hold one’s ground. James Patterson used it in his thriller, London Bridges (2004), in a response to a bomb thrown at a building: “A decision had been made not to abandon the building, to hold our ground.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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