noun hold-out, holdout
- One who waits or refuses; one who holds out
verb (held out, held out)
- Most of the employees signed the new contract, but there are still a few holdouts.
- To hold something out; to extend forward
- Hold out your hand.
- (idiom) To wait, or refuse in hopes of getting something better (from a negotiation, etc.)
- I am holding out for more money.
- (idiom) To survive, endure
- How long can they without water?
- (idiom) To keep a secret; withhold information (often hold out on)
- I didn't know you could do that. Have you been holding out on me?
- To set something aside or save it for later
- Pack the boxes, but a few blue ones for later.
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