Synonyms for hold out

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There's a report to-day that —— cannot hold out much longer.

You have to begin with 'em early, and begin as you mean to hold out.

If your father'd just had the gumption to hold out, they'd have had to pay him anything he asked.

And you feel positive that there is enough of this mineral to hold out for some time?'

She saw the girl at the gate spring forward and hold out her hands.

The few Russians still left on 419 could not hold out after the loss of 412.

Possibly the Germans had begun to doubt how long Liege could hold out.

On hearing this, Christine could hold out no longer, but burst into laughter.

Her gay smile had come back; she was the first to hold out her hand.

Remains to be seen which can hold out longest—they without us, or we without them.


Old English haldan (Anglian), healdan (West Saxon), "to contain, grasp; retain; foster, cherish," class VII strong verb (past tense heold, past participle healden), from Proto-Germanic *haldanan (cf. Old Saxon haldan, Old Frisian halda, Old Norse halda, Dutch houden, German halten "to hold," Gothic haldan "to tend"), originally "to keep, tend, watch over" (as cattle), later "to have." Ancestral sense is preserved in behold. The original past participle holden was replaced by held beginning 16c., but survives in some legal jargon and in beholden.

Hold back is 1530s, transitive; 1570s, intransitive; hold off is early 15c., transitive; c.1600, intransitive; hold out is 1520s as "to stretch forth," 1580s as "to resist pressure." Hold on is early 13c. as "to maintain one’s course," 1830 as "to keep one’s grip on something," 1846 as an order to wait or stop. To hold (one's) tongue "be silent" is from c.1300. To hold (one's) own is from early 14c. To hold (someone's) hand "give moral support" is from 1935. Phrase hold your horses "be patient" is from 1844. To have and to hold have been paired alliteratively since at least c.1200, originally of marriage but also of real estate.



verbcontinue; be durable
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