hold out something


hold out something
hold out (something) to offer the possibility that something will happen.

We don't hold out much hope of finding more survivors.

Our supervisor held out the possibility that he would return to work next month.

Usage notes: often used with not as in the first example

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • hold out something — ˌhold ˈout sth derived to offer a chance, hope or possibility of sth • Doctors hold out little hope of her recovering. Main entry: ↑holdderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold out — (something) to offer the possibility that something will happen. We don t hold out much hope of finding more survivors. Our supervisor held out the possibility that he would return to work next month. Usage notes: often used with not as in the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold out for — To wait determinedly for (something one wants or has asked for) • • • Main Entry: ↑hold * * * ˌhold ˈout for [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they hold out for he/she/it …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold out little hope (of something …) — hold out little, etc. ˈhope (of sth/that…) | not hold out any, much, etc. ˈhope (of sth/that…) idiom to offer little, etc. reason for believing that sth will happen • The doctors did not hold out much hope for her recovery. Main entry: ↑hopeidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold out an olive branch — hold out/offer an olive branch to do or say something in order to show that you want to end a disagreement with someone. He held out an olive branch to the opposition by releasing 42 political prisoners. (often + to) …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold out for something — ˌhold ˈout for sth derived no passive to cause a delay in reaching an agreement because you hope you will gain sth • The union negotiators are holding out for a more generous pay settlement. Main entry: ↑holdderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold out — verb 1. thrust or extend out (Freq. 5) He held out his hand point a finger extend a hand the bee exserted its sting • Syn: ↑exsert, ↑stretch out, ↑put out …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold out — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you hold out your hand or something you have in your hand, you move your hand away from your body, for example to shake hands with someone. [V P n (not pron)] I m Nancy Drew, she said, holding out her hand... [V P n (not pron)] …   English dictionary

  • hold out — phrasal verb Word forms hold out : present tense I/you/we/they hold out he/she/it holds out present participle holding out past tense held out past participle held out 1) [transitive] to hold something where someone else can reach it Gail held… …   English dictionary

  • hold out on — phrasal 1. : to withhold something from she didn t tell me she was rich; she s been holding out on me 2. : to withhold a part or the whole of threatened to hold out on his sister s dividends if she didn t pose Fortune * * * hold out on (informal) …   Useful english dictionary


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