Definition of holdout in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhōldout/


chiefly North American
1An act of resisting something or refusing to accept what is offered: a defiant holdout against a commercial culture
More example sentences
  • Actually, these holdouts are about the money, more than ever.
  • The problem is that in theory, in any given situation when someone refuses to sell we can't tell whether it is because of strategic holdout or subjective value.
  • After first-round draft pick Sylvester Morris ended a 20-day holdout by signing a seven-year deal, the team didn't want to waste any time getting him on the field.
1.1A person or organization who resists something or refuses to accept an offer.
Example sentences
  • But politics notwithstanding, Hollywood, in particular, is often portrayed as the last great liberal holdout in California.
  • Designated the team's franchise player, he could be a training camp holdout for the second straight year.
  • The most notorious and outspoken holdout, however, has been the United States.

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Syllabification: hold·out

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