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Definition of hold up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


hold up

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
to remain strong and working effectively She's holding up well under the pressure.

    hold somebody/somethingup

    [often passive]
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  1. 1to support someone or something and stop them from falling
  2. 2to delay or block the movement or progress of someone or something An accident is holding up traffic. related noun holdup
  3. 3to use or present someone or something as an example She's always holding up her children as models of good behavior. His ideas were held up to ridicule.

hold up something

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to steal from a bank, store, etc. using a gun Masked men held up an armored car in St. Louis yesterday. related noun holdup

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