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Noun: holdout  'hówld,awt
  1. A negotiator who hopes to gain concessions by refusing to come to terms
    "their star pitcher was a holdout for six weeks"
     
  2. A refusal by a negotiator to come to terms in the hope of obtaining a better deal
     
  3. The act of hiding playing cards in a gambling game so they are available for personal use later
Verb: hold out  hówld awt
  1. Thrust or extend out
    "He held out his hand";
    - exsert, stretch out, put out, extend, stretch forth
     
  2. Stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
    - resist, withstand, stand firm, dispute [archaic]
     
  3. Last and be usable
    "This dress held out well for almost ten years";
    - wear, endure
     
  4. Wait uncompromisingly for something desirable
    "He held out for the dessert and did not touch the cheeses"
     
  5. Continue to live through hardship or adversity
    "These superstitions hold out in the backwaters of America";
    - survive, last, live, live on, go, endure, hold up

Derived forms: holdouts, held out, holds out, holding out

See also: hold

Type of: bargaining, cheat, defend, dispute, endure, fight, fight back, fight down, gesticulate, gesture, hold back, hold off, last, motion, negotiant, negotiator, oppose, rig, swindle, treater, wait

Encyclopedia: Holdout