Definition of hold out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

hold out

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to last, especially in a difficult situation We can stay here for as long as our supplies hold out.
  2. 2to resist or survive in a dangerous or difficult situation The rebels held out in the mountains for several years.

hold out something

 
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to offer a chance, hope, or possibility of something Doctors hold out little hope of her recovering.

hold somethingout

 
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to put your hand or arms, or something in your hand, toward someone, especially to give or offer something I held out my hand to steady her. He held out the keys and I took them.
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