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I heard a person say this:

I can do this exercise, but I must admit it is pretty difficult to hold with this weight.

Would the sentence have the same meaning if the person dropped the word with?

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  • Without further context the meaning is not perfectly clear and we can only make plausible guesses. The meaning might not be the same if you dropped the word with, since hold can refer to a posture. We cannot say with any certainty.
    – TimR
    Jul 15, 2018 at 0:33
  • In the video an athlete was doing the farmer's walk, that is walking with dumbbells in each hand and hand are straight and down. During the excercise he said: "I can hold with this weight". So did he mean that he could maintain his right posture or as Em put it in their answer to maintain the excersise? Jul 15, 2018 at 7:15
  • I don't know what you mean by "hand [s] are straight and down". Do you mean his arms? And I'm not familiar with "the farmer's walk". Whatever it means, the statement should mean the same when reversed: "With this weight, I can hold". Hold is not being used transitively there.
    – TimR
    Jul 15, 2018 at 9:33
  • Yes, my bad. I meant arms Jul 15, 2018 at 9:38

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I assume the speaker has a weight, like a dumbbell.

In the original, hold roughly means maintain. With this weight roughly means while holding this weight. This hold is the one that roughly means grab, grasp. In other words, it’s difficult to maintain the exercise while grasping the weight.

In your version, hold means grab, grasp. So the speaker is saying that it’s difficult to grasp the weight.

If the speaker doesn’t have a weight, then with this weight could be a comment on the speaker’s body weight. The speaker might be saying that it’s difficult to maintain the exercise while being heavy/fat. In your example, removing the with could make the sentence mean that it’s difficult to maintain his body weight (kilos, pounds).

Disclaimer. There might be a dialect where hold and hold with mean the same thing, grab, grasp.

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