When there are people who refuse to change their mind, or who refuse to accept a new idea, they are called holdouts. A holdout is someone who is still stubbornly refusing to accept the new way of things.

  • The company was losing money because there were a lot of holdouts who were not buying the new product.

  • The new law was met with a lot of resistance from the holdouts, who were still refusing to accept it.

Definition of holdouts


a negotiator who hopes to gain concessions by refusing to come to terms


a refusal by a negotiator to come to terms in the hope of obtaining a better deal


the act of hiding playing cards in a gambling game so they are available for personal use later

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