hold out (1)

This page is about the phrasal verb hold out (1).

Meaning: If you hold something out, you hold it where other people can reach it.

For example:

  • hold out sth The beggar looked up and held out her tin, so I dropped some coins in and she gave me a beautiful smile.

  • hold sth out He held his glass out and the waiter filled it up with wine.

Quick Quiz:

When you meet a businessman in Europe, you should hold out

a. your cheeks

b. your arms

c. your hand

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Contributor: Matt Errey