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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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Under Duterte, Philippine democracy has been gradually but steadily exterminated, with all other independent branches of government collapsing under the weight of an authoritarian regime that has all but snuffed out the remaining hold-outs to one-man rule.
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This isn't just a question of a few elderly hold-outs in a digital age: Loach and scriptwriter Paul Laverty understand that the internet offers the Machine -- in Britain and increasingly elsewhere -- a game-changing new weapon, a way to insulate itself both from criticism ("All information is available online") and, most essentially, human contact.
Offer milder, more mainstream versions of their products to the hold-outs with a goal of getting them to at least try the unknown.
Handorf himself has found a niche with physicians' practices that are hold-outs from joining large medical systems.
Most of the hold-outs oppose the idea of admitting a non-NPT state such as India and if it is to be included it should apply equally to all states rather than under a tailor-made solution for a U.
A decision on Indian membership is not expected before an NSG plenary meeting in Seoul on June 20, but diplomats have said Washington has been pressuring hold-outs.
As many parts of once seedy New York City have been transformed into family and shopping friendly environments, 8th Avenue near the Port Authority bus station is one of the last hold-outs to old gritty Manhattan.
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.
The storage site will be built if the government can lease or buy enough land-whatever concerns the last hold-outs may have.