English version

hold out for something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhold out for something phrasal verbASK FOR something/ASK somebody TO DO somethingto not accept anything less than you have asked for Transport workers are holding out for a 20% pay rise. hold→ See Verb table
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hold out for Or maybe we should hold out for a bid from Big Oil.It crossed my mind to hold out for a job in corporate finance.Another dissented from the final figure, holding out for a lower award.What if Mr Hall held out for a while before settling up?We can hold out for days.Should they compromise with Clinton over a piece of the tax-cut pie or hold out for the whole pie?
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Verb table
hold
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyhold
he, she, itholds
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyheld
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave held
he, she, ithas held
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad held
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill hold
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have held
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam holding
he, she, itis holding
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you, we, theyare holding
Past
I, he, she, itwas holding
you, we, theywere holding
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been holding
he, she, ithas been holding
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been holding
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be holding
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been holding
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