Definition of hold up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

hold up

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

    hold up somebody

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    hold up something

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    hold somebody up

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    hold something up

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  1. 1  to support somebody/something and stop them from falling
  2. 2   to delay or block the movement or progress of somebody/something An accident is holding up traffic. My application was held up by the postal strike. related noun hold-up
  3. 3to use or present somebody/something as an example She's always holding up her children as models of good behaviour. His ideas were held up to ridicule.
to steal from a bank, shop/store, etc. using a gun Masked men held up a security van in South London yesterday. related noun hold-up