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hold out
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  • 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?
  • wait uncompromisingly for something desirable
    • He held out for the dessert and did not touch the cheeses
  • last and be usable
    • This dress wore well for almost ten years
  • stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
  • thrust or extend out
    • He held out his hand
    • point a finger
    • extend a hand
    • the bee exserted its sting
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