Hold no brief for

Refuse to support, dislike, as in I hold no brief for liars. This term is a negative version of the legal expression hold a brief for, meaning “to support or defend a position by argument.” The noun brief has been used in this way since the 1200s.


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  • Holdout

    [hohld-out] /ˈhoʊldˌaʊt/ noun 1. an act or instance of holding out. 2. a person who delays signing a contract in hopes of gaining more favorable terms: The basketball star was a holdout until they offered more money. 3. a person who declines to participate, cooperate, agree, etc.: Aside from one or two holdouts, everyone contributed. […]

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