To hold one's own


To hold one's own
Own Own, a. [OE. owen, awen, auen, aughen, AS. [=a]gen, p. p. of [=a]gan to possess; akin to OS. [=e]gan, G. & D. eigen, Icel. eiginn, Sw. & Dan. egen. [root]110. See {Owe}.] Belonging to; belonging exclusively or especially to; peculiar; -- most frequently following a possessive pronoun, as my, our, thy, your, his, her, its, their, in order to emphasize or intensify the idea of property, peculiar interest, or exclusive ownership; as, my own father; my own composition; my own idea; at my own price. ``No man was his own [i. e., no man was master of himself, or in possession of his senses].'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To hold one's own}, to keep or maintain one's possessions; to yield nothing; esp., to suffer no loss or disadvantage in a contest. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • hold one's own — {v. phr.} To keep your position; avoid losing ground; keep your advantage, wealth, or condition without loss. * /Mr. Smith could not build up his business, but he held his own./ * /The team held its own after the first quarter./ * /Mary had a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hold one's own — {v. phr.} To keep your position; avoid losing ground; keep your advantage, wealth, or condition without loss. * /Mr. Smith could not build up his business, but he held his own./ * /The team held its own after the first quarter./ * /Mary had a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hold one's own — ► hold one s own retain a position of strength in a challenging situation. Main Entry: ↑own …   English terms dictionary

  • hold one's own — verb 1. be sufficiently competent in a certain situation He can hold his own in graduate school • Verb Frames: Somebody s 2. maintain one s position and be in control of a situation • Hypernyms: ↑control, ↑command …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold one's own — idi hold one s own a) to maintain one s position or condition b) to be equal to the opposition …   From formal English to slang

  • hold one's own — See own Britain has begun to hold its own in world markets Syn: stand firm, stand one s ground, keep one s end up, keep one s head above water, compete, survive, cope, get on/along …   Thesaurus of popular words

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  • hold one's own — (in an argument/dispute) to defend one s position Although her boss is very aggressive she is always able to hold her own in any dispute with him …   Idioms and examples

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  • hold\ one's\ own — v. phr. To keep your position; avoid losing ground; keep your advantage, wealth, or condition without loss. Mr. Smith could not build up his business, but he held his own. The team held its own after the first quarter. Mary had a hard time after… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hold one's own — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. keep one s advantage, stand one s ground, do well, keep up; see also succeed 1 …   English dictionary for students