Definition of Hold water

1. Verb. Resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.. "This theory won't hold water"

Exact synonyms: Hold Up, Stand Up
Generic synonyms: Endure, Go, Hold Out, Hold Up, Last, Live, Live On, Survive

Definition of Hold water

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To withstand scrutiny or criticism; to be valid. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hold Water

hold still for
hold sway
hold that thought
hold the cards
hold the fort
hold the line
hold the phone
hold the purse strings
hold the reins
hold the ring
hold tight
hold to account
hold true
hold up
hold up one's end
hold water (current term)
hold with the hare and run with the hounds
hold your fire

Literary usage of Hold water

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes by Robert Fiske Griggs (1922)
"THE CRATER WOULD hold water ENOUGH TO SUPPLY NEW YORK OVER FOUR YEARS Statistics of dimensions of such magnitude, however, convey little meaning. ..."

2. The Genesee Farmer. (1849)
"The warmer the atmosphere, the greater is its capacity to hold water in the condition of a diffused, invisible vapor. The lower strata of air are heated ..."

3. Good Words by Norman Macleod (1873)
"Another form of the earth-oven is to line the hole with a hide, which will hold water, this " paunch kettle" combines the advantages of boiling and baking. ..."

4. The Law Reports by James Redfoord Bulwer (1872)
"They are intended to hold water though they do not at all times hold water. I think they must be treated as a reservoir, and therefore that they come within ..."

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