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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
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Now both the United States and China, the two biggest hold-outs last time, are making concrete offers to control their emissions.
In a two-block area that used to house the Xavier Society for the Blind, New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Russell Sage Foundation, the Church Missions House at 281 Park Avenue South is one of the last hold-outs of the non-profits in the neighborhood, according to the Wall Street Journal.
That's why Cyberset, an Internet marketing firm with vast experience working with business of all sizes, is never surprised to find that many of the most successful, reputable small business professionals are also among the last hold-outs when it comes to creating a strong, widespread online presence for their companies.
While many other areas of IT have successfully adopted cloud-based solutions, the communications infrastructure is one of the last remaining hold-outs due to complexity and concerns around reliability, security and privacy.
SEVERAL ISSUES BACK I wrote about my revelation concerning the use of e-collars for training, admitting I was one of the last hold-outs.
However, he said he won't chase the hold-outs forever.
Those hold-outs not yet willing to bother should consider the benefits to their household and society at large.
Sirte, one of the last hold-outs of fighters loyal to Gaddafi, has fallen
WADDAN, Libya (TAP)- Libyan fighters trying to stamp out the last pockets of Moammar Gadhafi loyalists worked to isolate his hometown Sunday, a day after hold-outs repelled an effort by the new authorities to dislodge them from another town.
Although some causes mirror those evident in the residential property market, including foreclosures and property-owner hold-outs, other properties are experiencing problems that run much deeper.
Municipalities are among the last hold-outs for wide-scale acceptance of HDD, though that mindset is fast eroding.
The left already controls 20 regions in continental France, and a close race is expected in right-wing hold-outs, Alsace and Corsica.