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hold out

phrasal verb with hold uk   /həʊld/  us   /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)
(Definition of hold out from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hold out

phrasal verb with hold  us   /hoʊld/ verb (past tense and past participle held  /held/ )
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to ​continue in a ​situation that is ​dangerous or ​difficult: They won’t be ​able to hold out much ​longer against these ​attacks. If something holds out, it ​continues to be ​useful or enough: The ​sensors are ​designed to ​work as ​long as ​theirbatteries hold out.
(Definition of hold out from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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