Idioms for hold

Origin of hold

1
before 900; Middle English holden, Old English h(e)aldan; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Norse halda, Old Saxon, Gothic haldan, Old High German haltan (German halten)

OTHER WORDS FROM hold

hold·a·ble, adjective

synonym study for hold

8. See have. 9. See contain. 11. See maintain.
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British Dictionary definitions for hold out (1 of 3)

hold out

verb (adverb)

noun holdout US

a person, country, organization, etc, that continues to resist or refuses to changeHonecker was one of the staunchest holdouts against reform
a person, country, organization, etc, that declines to cooperate or participatethey remain the only holdouts to signing the accord

British Dictionary definitions for hold out (2 of 3)

hold1
/ (həʊld) /

verb holds, holding or held (hɛld)

noun

Derived forms of hold

holdable, adjective

Word Origin for hold

Old English healdan; related to Old Norse halla, Gothic haldan, German halten

British Dictionary definitions for hold out (3 of 3)

hold2
/ (həʊld) /

noun

the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

Word Origin for hold

C16: variant of hole
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Idioms and Phrases with hold out (1 of 2)

hold out

1

Extend, stretch forth; also, present or offer something. For example, He held out his hand and she took it, or The new policy held out promise of major changes in the welfare program. These usages date from the first half of the 1500s and of the 1600s respectively.

2

Last, continue to be in supply or service, as in The food is holding out nicely. [Late 1500s] Also see hold up, def. 4.

3

Continue to resist, as in The garrison held out for another month. [Second half of 1700s]

4

Withhold cooperation, agreement, or information, as in We've asked for a better deal, but they've been holding out for months. It is also put as hold out on, as in They were still holding out on some of the provisions, or He's not telling us what happened; he's holding out on us.

5

hold out for. Insist on obtaining, as in The union is still holding out for a better contract. [c. 1900]

Idioms and Phrases with hold out (2 of 2)

hold

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