Hold out - definition, transcription

Amer.  |hoʊld ˈaʊt|
Brit.  |həʊld ˈaʊt|

verb

- thrust or extend out (syn: extend, put out, stretch out)
- stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something (syn: resist, withstand)
- last and be usable (syn: endure, wear)
- wait uncompromisingly for something desirable
- continue to live and avoid dying (syn: endure, go, hold up, last, live, live on, survive)

Examples

Benn himself held out no hopes for victory.

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

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

How long will our supplies hold out?

Why didn't you tell me at once, instead of holding out on me?

We decided to hold out for a better offer.

The latest reports hold out hope for a possible end to this crisis.

They had enough grit to hold out in the face of real hardship.

Water supplies won't hold out much longer.

I didn't know how much longer I could hold out against their relentless questioning.

We could try asking them, but I don't hold out much hope.

They had to organize to hold out (in the struggle).

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