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English definition of “hold sth out”

hold sth out

verb uk phrasal verb with hold   /həʊld/ us    /hoʊld/ (held, held)
C2 to offer a possibility, solution, hope, etc.: Few people hold out any hope of finding more survivors.
(Definition of hold sth out from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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