hold out


  • Geirald holds out the head of the giant to the king
    Geirald holds out the head of the giant to the king
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hold out thrust or extend out "He held out his hand","point a finger","extend a hand","the bee exserted its sting"
    • v hold out stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
    • v hold out continue to live through hardship or adversity "We went without water and food for 3 days","These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America","The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents","how long can a person last without food and water?"
    • v hold out wait uncompromisingly for something desirable "He held out for the dessert and did not touch the cheeses"
    • v hold out last and be usable "This dress wore well for almost ten years"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The baby holding out the dog biscuit for the cow to sniff The baby holding out the dog biscuit for the cow to sniff

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In early Yorkshire, England, a plate holding wedding cake was thrown out of the window as the bride returned to her parent's home after the wedding. If the plate broke, she would enjoy a happy future with her husband. If the plate remained intact, her future was bleak.
    • Hold out to endure, last
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  • Yoshida Kenko
    Yoshida Kenko
    “To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations -- such is pleasure beyond compare.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Never hold anyone by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “In bad fortune hold out, in good hold in.”
  • Jesse Jackson
    “Hold your head high, stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes, but morning comes. Keep hope alive.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “There is this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means; draw it all out, and hold him to it.”


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


In literature:

He stood with the water frothing about his ankles, holding out his hand.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
What signal of sorrow that grief holds out, ever moves so much as this?
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
He is still holding out his hand as though in adieu, and she lays hers, fluttering, in the broad palm.
"Starlight Ranch" by Charles King
What holds the leaves out straight and flat?
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Into her brewery it was that Inger sank, and no one could hold out very long there.
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
Ye can hold out that long, cain't ye?
"Judith of the Cumberlands" by Alice MacGowan
A tight little bark is The Sieve, provided the dippers hold out.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
I would hold out the prize to you alone.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
In his opinion he could still hold out to the end of the winter.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
He stood with the water frothing about his ankles, holding out his hand.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

Out of the darkness and the cold,
Out of the wintry depths I lean,
And lovingly I clasp and hold
The promises, and see unrolled
A vision of the summer green.
"Solstice II" by Susan Coolidge
"'Tis yours, not mine, to pluck out of your breast
Some human truth, whose workings recondite
Were unattired in words, and manifest
And hold it forth to light
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
The Sunday morning stillness holds
    In heavy slumber all the street,
While from the church just out of sight
    Behind the elms, comes slow and sweet
"At Home from Church" by Sarah Orne Jewett
How many buds in this warm light
Have burst out laughing into leaves!
And shall a day like this be gone
Before I seek the wood that holds
The richest music known?
"Wasted Hours" by William H Davies
When the sweet air goes bitter,
And the cold birds twitter
Where the leaf falls from the twig,
I sough and sing that Love goes out
Leaving me no power to hold him.
"Langue D'Oc" by Ezra Pound
But, in the Garden of the Undefiled,
My soul will claim you . . . you, and
not another;
I shall hold out my arms, and say "MY
And you will call me "MOTHER!"
"To A Little White Bird" by Fay Inchfawn

In news:

Serena Williams says she's alarmed by the US Tennis Association's decision to hold a top junior player out of competition over concerns about her fitness.
Record-holding angler 's 'Death From Above' team helps clear carp out of Michigan waters.
With roughly one out of every five hedge funds counting Apple ( AAPL, Fortune 500) among their top 10 stock holdings, the recent sell-off in Apple 's stock could start cutting into their returns.
For the first time in his legislative career, Sen Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) today did not send out a press release, hold a press conference or post Facebook updates on his accomplishments in Lansing.
The Yankees are trying to sell this as September all over again, when they raised their level of sluggish play and gutted out some tough wins to hold off the Orioles in the AL East.
There can be no greater gift than that of holding out hope for those who have felt hopeless.
His family went to Beirut recently in hopes of extending their reach into Syria and finding out more about who might be holding him.
Rep Tim Scott tops the list of candidates Republicans expect to see in South Carolina's Senate seat this spring, but at least one poll found voters holding out hope for a wholly different personality.
A man walks out of a Starbucks coffee cafe holding a drink in west London, Monday, Dec 3, 2012.
It holds only the art that is portable and available, wrenches it out of context, and sets it up in improbable juxtapositions.
I don't care much about basketball, but I've always gotten a kick out of the Holding Court podcast — mainly because hosts Gregg Gethard and Aaron Hertzog make it more about comedy than sports.
They were young (my guess is in the 9 to 11 range) and, as you went in the store, they'd hold out their cup and beg ask for some money.
The Waterloo Black Hawk s hockey team will be holding a "pink out" at tonight's game to honor Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook.
So, she's out on the corner leaning on a motorcycle and holding up a sign that reads: "Not homeless, need boobs ".
'American Idol' boss still holds out hope that Elton John will fill Simon's seat.

In science:

It would be interesting to find out whether this result also holds for other prediction algorithms, such as multilayer networks.
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics
In this case, all basic physical equations are space-time dependent, and we can not simple write out an equation which will hold in an arbitrary coordinate system.
Problems on Foundations of General Relativity
It turns out that the striking similarity between these two random ensembles holds not only “at the edge” (as is shown in these works) but also on the level of global fluctuations, which is the sub ject of the present paper.
Kerov's central limit theorem for the Plancherel measure on Young diagrams
As Hanfeng Li pointed out, the following lemma also holds when θ is degenerate.
Crossed products by finite cyclic group actions with the tracial Rokhlin property
It is worthwhile to point out that the result holds, with the same proof, if A′ is replaced by any subclass containing all digraphs on V with N − 1 and N arcs.
Generating connected acyclic digraphs uniformly at random