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Definition of HOLD OUT
: to remain unsubdued or unyielding <where 30 of the … refugees were still holding out — Anna Tomforde>; also: to continue to function or be available :last<prayed that the engine would hold out><as long as our money holds out>
: to refuse to go along with others in a concerted action or to come to an agreement <holding out for a shorter workweek>