- v. transitive To hold (something) out; to extend (something) forward.
- v. idiomatic To wait, or refuse in hopes of getting something better (from a negotiation, etc.)
- v. idiomatic To survive, endure.
- v. idiomatic To withhold something.
- v. transitive To set something aside or save it for later.
- n. alternative spelling of holdout..
“The Emperor and his advisers decided to go and besiege the Sultan in the castle of Emessa, for they supposed that he could scarcely hold out long, seeing the number of followers that he had lost.”
“All I know of the matter is — when I sat down, my intent was to write a good book; and as far as the tenuity of my understanding would hold out — a wise, aye, and a discreet — taking care only, as I went along, to put into it all the wit and the judgment”
“Platoon of November Company, nor the two Leopards of 2 Troop, B Squadron RCD could hold out much longer where they were.”
“I gave her a shilling: she put it into an old stocking-foot which she took out of her pocket, and having tied it round and returned it, she told me to hold out my hand.”
“As to their farming he says: "Having laid out their estate upon cattle at 5 to 20 pound a cow, when they came to winter them with inland hay, and feed upon such wild fother as was never cut before, they could not hold out the winter, but, ordinarily the first or second year after their coming up to a new plantation, many of their cattle died.”
“He was still slightly dazed by this discovery and all it conveyed when he came at last before Miss Evadne, who released her guest-of-honour to hold out the wrong hand to him.”
“NATALYA PETROVNA [tries to hold out her hand to VERA but lets it fall on her lap].”
“Situation in Iserlohn hopeless — awaiting further orders — will try to hold out until morning.”
“When men struggle ceaselessly with death and have to hold out for weeks without rest in mud-filled shell holes, sometimes with the worst possible food, the vacillating soldier cannot be held in line by threatening him with prison or even the workhouse, but only by ruthless application of the death penalty.”
“Mr. Robinson undertakes it will hold out that Qty, & believes within the Bounds there will be found a hundred or two hundred”
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