Also found in: Thesaurus, Financial, Idioms, Wikipedia.


1. One that withholds agreement or consent upon which progress is contingent.
2. An act of holding out, especially in refusing to reach an agreement.



1. an act of holding out.
2. a person who declines to cooperate or to come to an agreement.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.holdout - a negotiator who hopes to gain concessions by refusing to come to terms; "their star pitcher was a holdout for six weeks"
negotiant, negotiator, treater - someone who negotiates (confers with others in order to reach a settlement)
2.holdout - a refusal by a negotiator to come to terms in the hope of obtaining a better deal
bargaining - the negotiation of the terms of a transaction or agreement
3.holdout - the act of hiding playing cards in a gambling game so they are available for personal use later
swindle, cheat, rig - the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme; "that book is a fraud"


[ˈhəʊldaʊt] N (US) Britain has been the holdout in trying to negotiateGran Bretaña es el único que se resiste a negociar


[ˈhəʊldaʊt] (US) nprincipal obstacle m
France has been the holdout in trying to negotiate an end to the dispute → La France a été le principal obstacle aux tentatives de négocier un règlement du conflit.hold-up [ˈhəʊldʌp] n
(= robbery) → hold-up m
(= delay) → retard m (British) (in traffic)embouteillage m
References in periodicals archive ?
A handful of holdout families have accepted compensation to leave their homes in Borei Keila, following individual negotiations with district authorities yesterday.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi government forces gave an ultimatum to ISIL militants to choose between surrendering or death as forces as troops reach the heart of the group's last holdout in Nineveh province.
envoy told reporters that the national document should remain open in order to allow the holdout opposition to join the dialogue, renewing call for the government and the rebel movements to reach an agreement on humanitarian access for the affected in the war zones.
This spurred a new wave of tense - and ultimately failed - negotiations with holdout creditors.
organization created to enforce it with calls for holdout nations to bring the pact into force by ratifying it.
The proceeds will help pay a small group of holdout creditors who refused debt restructurings after Argentina suffered its worst economic crisis and defaulted on $100 billion of bonds in 2001.
9 billion) in new debt to finance payments to holdout bondholders who won their 15-year battle against the nation.
The other holdout counties as of July 7 were Dallam and Roberts counties in the Panhandle; Irion, Hartley and Loving counties in West Texas; and Hamilton County, located between Austin and Fort Worth.
Buenos Aires: A new ruling by a United States judge has increased the total Argentina owes holdout bondholders to $5.
NML Capital and other Argentine debt holdout funds have said that the companies have entered into a deal with Citibank, a unit of Citigroup, Inc (NYSE: C).
Buenos Aires/New York - Argentina will default on its debt within hours after talks with holdout creditors broke down on Wednesday.
South American leaders have rallied behind Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, who is locked in a legal battle with holdout investors that could trigger a debt default this week, Reuters reports.