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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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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).
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.
Holdout investors are led by Elliott Management's NML Capital Ltd and Aurelius Capital Management, two hedge funds that specialise in buying up deeply discounted or distressed debt and negotiating profitable settlements, often through the use of the courts.
District Judge Thomas Griesa rejected Argentina's request to maintain his previous order halting payments to holdout investors who did not participate in two bond exchanges of defaulted sovereign debt.
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But, absent holdout problems, private sector transactions should be able to achieve the most economically efficient uses of the land as well or better than the state.
Strategic delay and holdout have also been studied in other contexts, including debt restructuring that requires acceptance of an exchange offer by multiple creditors (Brown 1989; Datta and Iskandar-Datta 1995; Hege 2003; Miller and Thomas 2006) and wage negotiations (Cramton and Tracy 1992; Gu and Kuhn 1998; van Ours 1999; Houba and Bolt 2000).
LAST APRIL two senators, Republican Revolution holdout Tom Coburn (R-Okla.
One holdout juror led to an 11-1 vote of guilt on three securities fraud counts against each defendant.
The lone holdout was American Council on Education President David Ward, who said he could not support the recommendations.