One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Refuse to give something, typically information, to (someone).
- ‘While the British held out on sharing information, it did build the Australian public a consolation prize, a nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights in Southern Sydney.’
- ‘I think you've been holding out on me.’
- ‘Because if you're dating that LeeAnne girl and have been holding out on me, I'm gonna kill you!’
- ‘I know how much it hurt you, and I definitely agree that it would have hurt me too - but it seemed like she was holding out on you before that.’
- ‘Was it wise for me to hold out on information like that?’
- ‘He's holding out on vital information that we trusted him with.’
- ‘They'd know that I was holding out on them, but what did they expect?’
- ‘Little were we to realize, then, that the group has in fact been holding out on us.’
- ‘If the economists won't say why the boss makes so much, what else are they holding out on?’
- ‘I just want to know… why are you holding out on me?’
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