Definition of Hold one's own

1. Verb. Be sufficiently competent in a certain situation. "He can hold his own in graduate school"

2. Verb. Maintain one's position and be in control of a situation.

Generic synonyms: Command, Control

Definition of Hold one's own

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To demonstrate oneself to be capable; to provide a respectable performance or worthy competition; to stick up for oneself. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hold One's Own

hold forth
hold hands
hold hard
hold hostage
hold in
hold it
hold luggage
hold off
hold on
hold one's breath
hold one's head above water
hold one's head high
hold one's horses
hold one's liquor
hold one's nerve
hold one's own
hold one's pee
hold one's tongue
hold one's urine
hold one's water
hold open
hold out
hold outs
hold over
hold over someone's head
hold serve
hold someone's feet to the fire
hold someone's hand
hold still for

Literary usage of Hold one's own

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1. Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged So as to by Peter Mark Roget (1916)
"... make a puppet of, lead by the notw, turn round one's little finger, bend to one's will, hold one s own, wear the breeches; have -the ball at one's feet, ..."

2. A Cyclopædic Dictionary of the Mang'anja Language Spoken in British Central by David Clement Ruffelle Scott (1892)
"... ku, то PROP UP, to support ; to be upright, to be strong ; to hold one?s own against, ..."

3. Science of Statistics by Richmond Mayo-Smith (1899)
"... of dissolution during periods of industrial depression, and the inability to hold one-s own in the excessive and cut-throat competition of modern times. ..."

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