Definition of holdout in English:



North American
  • 1An act of resisting something or refusing to accept what is offered.

    ‘a defiant holdout against a commercial culture’
    • ‘After first-round draft pick Sylvester Morris ended a 20-day holdout by signing a seven-year deal, the team didn't want to waste any time getting him on the field.’
    • ‘After ending a 50-day holdout, Smith is getting a lot of repetitions, running extra after practice and studying the playbook at night.’
    • ‘So here we are, in the middle of what could be a very long holdout.’
    • ‘. Pollack has the talent and charisma to eventually become the leader of the defense, but his 20-day holdout set him back.’
    • ‘A prolonged contract holdout cost him most of last season, but he has made up for lost time in '03.’
    • ‘Martin also defused any bad feelings that could have resulted from Yashin's holdout last season.’
    • ‘He has no hope of getting anything out of this holdout, so he basically is saying that he'd rather not play football than play for the Chargers.’
    • ‘Actually, these holdouts are about the money, more than ever.’
    • ‘The problem is that in theory, in any given situation when someone refuses to sell we can't tell whether it is because of strategic holdout or subjective value.’
    • ‘Simon's holdout was bitter, but the change has been good for him, except for the injuries he suffered through.’
    1. 1.1A person or organization who resists something or refuses to accept an offer.
      • ‘The most notorious and outspoken holdout, however, has been the United States.’
      • ‘But politics notwithstanding, Hollywood, in particular, is often portrayed as the last great liberal holdout in California.’
      • ‘So if all the studios but one want to give the union a better offer, that one holdout can add weeks or months to an impasse.’
      • ‘Designated the team's franchise player, he could be a training camp holdout for the second straight year.’