hold own

hold own
hold (your/its) own to prove that you or something is as good as others.

She can hold her own in any debate on religion.

Our cotton shirts can hold their own against shirts costing $40 or more.

Usage notes: often said about a competitive situation

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • hold your own (against somebody) (in something) — hold your ˈown (against sb/sth) (in sth) idiom to remain in a strong position when sb is attacking you, competing with you, etc • Business isn t good but we re managing to hold our own. • She can hold her own against anybody in an argument. • The …   Useful english dictionary

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