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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that withholds agreement or consent upon which progress is contingent.
  • noun An act of holding out, especially in refusing to reach an agreement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a negotiator who hopes to gain concessions by refusing to come to terms after most other participants have signed an agreement.
  • noun a refusal by a negotiator to come to terms in the hope of obtaining a better deal.
  • noun the act of hiding playing cards in a gambling game so they are available for personal use later.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who refuses to give consent to an agreement in the hope of an improved offer; one who holds out.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of hiding playing cards in a gambling game so they are available for personal use later
  • noun a negotiator who hopes to gain concessions by refusing to come to terms
  • noun a refusal by a negotiator to come to terms in the hope of obtaining a better deal
  • verb wait uncompromisingly for something desirable
  • verb continue to live through hardship or adversity
  • verb thrust or extend out
  • verb last and be usable
  • verb stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

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