hold your own

This page is about the idiom hold your own.

Meaning: If you hold your own, you are as successful as other people in a situation, or as good as others at an activity.

For example:

  • Kelly's a great tennis player and she can hold her own against anyone in her class, including the boys.

  • Mark works so hard because he hates the thought of not holding his own against old school friends when it comes to earning money.

Quick Quiz:

Steve is trying hard to improve at golf because when he plays with his friends he

a. can hold his own

b. can't hold his own

c. can hold his friends'

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Contributor: Matt Errey