Definition of hold out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's 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.
to offer a chance, hope or possibility of something Doctors hold out little hope of her recovering.
 to put your hand or arms, or something in your hand, towards somebody, 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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