hold one's own

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hold one's own maintain one's position and be in control of a situation
    • v hold one's own be sufficiently competent in a certain situation "He can hold his own in graduate school"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hold one's own to maintain one's position
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. healdan; Old High Ger. haltan, Goth. haldan.

Usage

In literature:

Was that a time to strike a blow, and show one could hold one's own?
"Hunger" by Knut Hamsun
I hold that if one is going to do good, it is best to do it in one's own name.
"The Saint" by Antonio Fogazzaro
I was vexed now, and, much as I feared discourtesy to one of Mr. Stewart's guests, felt like holding my own.
"In the Valley" by Harold Frederic
It is counted among one of woman's privileges that she may hold property in her own right.
"Woman: Man's Equal" by Thomas Webster
Better unity with some hardship than to hold one's own at the cost of discord.
"The Age of Erasmus" by P. S. Allen
Then she caught hold of Ellen's arm and pressed her own thin one in its dark-blue cotton sleeve lovingly against it.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The widow was sitting in the same place, holding one of the boy's hands between her own, her head bowed down upon it.
"The Rector of St. Mark's" by Mary J. Holmes
Now she was holding Mary's two hands in her own grey-gloved ones.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
She has taught Hadria to see that one may hold one's own ideas quietly, without flying in everybody's face.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
All this while Miss Rossano stood at her father's side, holding one of his hands in both her own.
"In Direst Peril" by David Christie Murray
She put her own flowers in water in one of her mother's best vases, a white hand holding a snowy tulip, and stood off to admire the effect.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
Phil's speedy little mare was the only one that could in any way hold its own.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
But to hold out one's own hands to the handcuffs is too silly.
"813" by Maurice Leblanc
One likes to hold one's own, whatever is the game.
"The Crime and the Criminal" by Richard Marsh
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In poetry:

Lucifer craved one boon of God
After his fall, as his own to hold;
So He gave him a mite in heaven's sight,
But lo! the gift that He gave was--Gold.
"A Legend Of Gold" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
I will not blame my soul's believing,
That ne'er thy faults could see;
The error was thy own deceiving,
Not mine, who trusted thee:
This heart can never learn to fear
Deceit in one it holds so dear.
"To a False Friend" by Louisa Stuart Costello

In news:

Former union activist, lawyer and politician Cyril Ramaphosa created the Shanduka Group in 2000 as an African black owned investment holding group, and is now one of South Africa's leading businessmen.
Just eight of the 29 Republican governors have endorsed Romney, and while he's one of their own – a former state chief executive – there are good reasons to hold back, including the GOP's divisive nominating campaign.
And with her latest part in Rome Snowboard's new movie, "The Shred Remains", she reassures us that she is one of the most well-rounded female shredders today holding her own in the backcountry and in the street.
This character exemplifies one's own feelings and ideas, what is best in our own selves, the things we hold true.
It's not easy for a smallish museum, especially one devoted to hard-to-reshuffle sculpture, to mount a thematic show from its own holdings.
Here's one design from the 1980s that still holds its own: a white ceramic plate with elegant silver etching.
Punxsy's own Douglas Bartlebaugh poses in front of his collection — consisting of one license plate from each state — while holding his latest fancy, the beginning of his motorcycle license plate collection .
A down real estate market didn't stop a record sale at the St George's Condominium building recently, and one Beach realtor said the market on Revere Beach is holding its own.
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In science:

The key insight is that for the bound to hold, it might not be sufficient for both η and s to be essentially well defined on their own terms (hydrodynamic and thermodynamic, respectively), but may require the system to live long enough so one can simultaneously measure both η and s.
Response to D.T. Son's comment on ``Is there a `most perfect fluid' consistent with quantum field theory?''
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