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holdout

[hohld-out]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of holding out.
  2. a person who delays signing a contract in hopes of gaining more favorable terms: The basketball star was a holdout until they offered more money.
  3. a person who declines to participate, cooperate, agree, etc.: Aside from one or two holdouts, everyone contributed.

Origin of holdout

First recorded in 1890–95; noun use of verb phrase hold out
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  • A better machine than the Kepplinger, of San Francisco, holdout.

    Sharps and Flats

    John Nevil Maskelyne

  • This holdout works in shirt sleeves and holds the cards in the same place as a cuff-pocket.

    Sharps and Flats

    John Nevil Maskelyne

  • The next form of holdout which falls beneath our notice is that known as the 'Cuff Holdout.'

    Sharps and Flats

    John Nevil Maskelyne

  • The earliest account we have of anything in the holdout line is the cuff-box described by Houdin.

    Sharps and Flats

    John Nevil Maskelyne

  • From the holdout, the cord which works the slide is led to the elbow-joint, where it passes around a pulley (c).

    Sharps and Flats

    John Nevil Maskelyne