Definition of holdout in English:


Line breaks: hold|out
Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊldaʊt


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 who resists something or refuses to accept an offer.
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    • The 12 holdouts are refusing to abide by the new policy, and the union is angry at their treatment.
    • Count me as among the last holdouts on this issue.
    • Under those facts, would your unwillingness to accept my offer evidence that you are just being a strategic holdout?

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