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- v. To withstand scrutiny or criticism; to be valid.
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- v. resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
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But they might hold water if they can be corroborated by independent evidence linking their movements with organizations that were definitely around centuries before, such as the Rosicrucian-Masonic link.