【明報專訊】Shireen: Did you hear about little Johnny Pardoe getting a place at Duke's College?
Archie: Gosh, that's the best high school in the country. But he's from such a poor family. How could he manage that? It's so expensive.
Shireen: Well I know. But he's very bright, so the teachers in his junior school gave him extra tuition and coached him for the Duke entrance scholarship exam, and he passed.
Archie: So he got a scholarship. Does it cover everything he needs?
Shireen: Yes. Apparently it's a very generous scholarship donated by a shipping billionaire.
Archie: But there are so many very bright kids in Duke's College. I wonder if he's holding his own.
Shireen: Holding his own? He's more than holding his own. He came top of his class at the end of his first term.
Archie: Wow! He must be exceptionally bright.
To hold one's own 本是軍事用語，指受到敵軍攻擊，堅守陣地，保持不失。現在，這成語常用來說在競爭或攻擊之下，毫不退讓，例如：(1) She fully held her own during the debate（她在辯論之中，毫不退讓）。(2) Though as an athlete he was past his prime, he was able to hold his own with players much younger than himself（以運動員來說，他已過了黃金時期，但和遠比他年輕的球員一起，仍然毫不遜色）。