hold out
verb Date: circa 1556 intransitive verb 1. to remain unsubdued or unyielding <
where 30 of the…refugees were still holding out — Anna Tomforde
>
; also to continue to function or be available ; last <
prayed that the engine would hold out
>
<
as long as our money holds out
>
2. to refuse to go along with others in a concerted action or to come to an agreement <
holding out for a shorter workweek
>
transitive verb 1. to present as something realizable ; proffer 2. to represent to be

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