holdout

noun hold·out \ ˈhōld-ˌau̇t \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of holdout

:one that holds out (as in negotiations); also :an instance of holding out

Examples of holdout in a Sentence

  1. He says he might be a holdout at the start of the next season if the team doesn't agree to pay him more.

  2. He is expected to end his three-week holdout and join the team tomorrow.

  3. A few holdouts still use typewriters, but nearly everybody uses computers now.

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First Known Use of holdout

1908


hold out

verb

Definition of hold out

intransitive verb
1 :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
2 :to refuse to go along with others in a concerted action or to come to an agreement
  • holding out for a shorter workweek
transitive verb
1 :to present as something realizable :proffer
2 :to represent to be
hold out on
:to withhold something (such as information) from

Examples of hold out in a Sentence

  1. we hoped our supply of firewood would hold out until power was restored

  2. luckily, the old outboard motor held out till we made it to shore

Recent Examples of hold out from the Web

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First Known Use of hold out

circa 1556


HOLDOUT Defined for English Language Learners

holdout

noun

Definition of holdout for English Language Learners

  • : a person who refuses to reach an agreement until certain terms are met : a person who holds out

  • : an act of holding out for something

  • : a person who continues to do or use something after others have stopped doing or using it


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