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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.
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1. an act of holding out.
2. a person who declines to cooperate or to come to an agreement.
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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"
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[ˈhəʊldaʊt] N (US) Britain has been the holdout in trying to negotiateGran Bretaña es el único que se resiste a negociar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[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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