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Idiom of the week – Hold out (for something)

Posted by englishlessons on April 30, 2014

Definition:

wait to do something until one is satisfied

Examples:

She held out for better terms in the negotiations.

They refused to take the first offer. They are holding out for a better price.

TOEFL® Tip:

Note that “hold out” is a phrasal verb, and the stress falls on the word “out.” Phrasal verbs are included on the TOEFL® test as they are so frequent in English. Look for the the “TOEFL® phrasal verbs” graphic that highlights the phrasal verbs in the Idioms in English programs.

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