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English definition of “hold out”

hold out

(DEFEND) phrasal verb with hold     /həʊld/ US  /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)
to continue to defend yourself against an enemy or attack without being defeated: They won't be able to hold out much longer under this sort of bombardment.Responding to an attack
(Definition of hold out (DEFEND) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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