holdout
holdout holdout n. 1. a negotiator who hopes to gain concessions by refusing to come to terms after most other participants have signed an agreement; as, their star pitcher was a holdout for six weeks. [WordNet 1.5]

2. a refusal by a negotiator to come to terms in the hope of obtaining a better deal. [WordNet 1.5]

3. the act of hiding playing cards in a gambling game so they are available for personal use later. [WordNet 1.5]


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