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.

Nearby words

  1. holding furnace,
  2. holding operation,
  3. holding paddock,
  4. holding pattern,
  5. holding tank,
  6. holdover,
  7. holdup,
  8. holdup man,
  9. hole,
  10. hole card

Origin of holdout

First recorded in 1890–95; noun use of verb phrase hold out

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