Definition of holdout in English:


Syllabification: hold·out
Pronunciation: /ˈhōldˌout


chiefly North American
  • 1An act of resisting something or refusing to accept what is offered: a defiant holdout against a commercial culture
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    • 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.
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    • 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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