One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Continue to demand (a particular thing), refusing to accept what has been offered.‘he is holding out for a guaranteed 7 percent raise’
- ‘She accepted the money after being told she could lose it all if she continued holding out for more.’
- ‘The workers are holding out for a four per cent pay increase but management have only offered 3.6 per cent.’
- ‘It looks increasingly likely that shareholders who had been holding out for more than £6 a share will be disappointed.’
- ‘She says she was holding out for an offer from the BBC, which she felt would do the best job.’
- ‘He's holding out for more money, thinking someone else is going to give him more than I'm offering.’
- ‘He is holding out for more than the million pounds he has been offered to make the film.’
- ‘That means even small companies can hold out for sweeter offers.’
- ‘If you have options you can hold out for more money.’
- ‘Some reports have said that university teachers are continuing to hold out for two months back pay.’
- ‘Some are holding out for a higher price, though most are refusing because they prefer to till their patch of land than spend the £28,000 they would receive.’
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