Hold-out meaning

(idiomatic, usually with on) To withhold something.

You've got a key! Why have you been holding out on me?

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Used other than as an idiom: see hold,"Ž out.
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To hold (something) out; to extend (something) forward.
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(idiomatic, often with for) To wait, or refuse in hopes of getting something better (from a negotiation, etc.)

I am holding out for more money.

How long has he been holding out?

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(idiomatic) To survive, endure.

How long can they hold out without water?

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To set something aside or save it for later.

Pack the boxes, but hold out a few blue ones for later.

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Alternative spelling of holdout..
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