hold one's own


hold one's own
verb
1. be sufficiently competent in a certain situation
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He can hold his own in graduate school

Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

2. maintain one's position and be in control of a situation
Hypernyms: ↑control, ↑command
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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STAND FIRM, stand one's ground, keep one's end up, keep one's head above water, compete, survive, cope, get on/along.
own

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phrasal
: to maintain one's position : prove at least equal to opposition

proved able to hold their own under heavy attack

the lighter boy held his own well against the heavier boxer

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hold one's own
1. To maintain one's position
2. (in the course of an illness) not to fail or lose strength
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Main Entry:hold
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hold one's own see under ↑hold1
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Main Entry:own

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I
see own
II
retain a position of strength in a challenging situation

I can hold my own in a fight


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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