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"holdout" in British English

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holdoutnoun [C]

uk   /ˈhəʊld.aʊt/  us   /ˈhoʊld-/
a ​person, ​organization, or ​country that ​continues to do something, ​despite other ​peopletrying to ​force them not to: It's ​time to ​shame holdouts into ​signing the ​treaty.
(Definition of holdout from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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holdoutnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈhəʊldaʊt/
a ​person, ​organization, or country that continues to ​refuse to ​accept something that others have already ​accepted, despite other ​peopletrying to persuade them to: Smaller ​producers, who would receive less than 20% of the $1.2 ​billion under the ​settlementformula, remain holdouts.
the ​act of ​refusing to ​accept something: Their holdout continued as they ​refused to ​sign the ​contract.
(Definition of holdout from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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