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Idiom of the week – Hold out (for something)

Posted by englishlessons on April 30, 2014


wait to do something until one is satisfied


She held out for better terms in the negotiations.

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


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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