One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘British troops held out against constant attacks’
resist, withstand, hold off, fight off, fend off, keep off, keep at bay, stand up to, square up to, fight against, bear up against, stand fast against, stand firm against, hold the line against
2‘we can stay here as long as our supplies hold out’
last, remain, be extant, continue
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