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hold out (2)

Meaning: If a supply of something holds out, it continues to be enough and it doesn't run out.

Synonym: last

For example:

  • hold out Kenny says he'll take any job now because his savings won't hold out much longer.

  • hold out Our water supply should hold out until Monday.

Quick Quiz:

If their food reserves don't hold out, they'll have to
  1. sell some more food
  2. eat some more food
  3. find some more food

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