- an act or instance of holding out.
- 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.
- 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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Examples from the Web for holdout
But I think Steve Austin has to team up with a Japanese holdout to stop a nuclear bomb from going off or something.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
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Jeremy Piven was the holdout, but he has been convinced (and will be paid handsomely for it).
Griesa said that those bankers had to divide the money equally among all bondholders--holdout and not--if it paid anyone.Argentina Goes to Court (Again)
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A better machine than the Kepplinger, of San Francisco, holdout.
This holdout works in shirt sleeves and holds the cards in the same place as a cuff-pocket.
The next form of holdout which falls beneath our notice is that known as the 'Cuff Holdout.'
The earliest account we have of anything in the holdout line is the cuff-box described by Houdin.
From the holdout, the cord which works the slide is led to the elbow-joint, where it passes around a pulley (c).