Hold up - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |hoʊld ʌp|  American pronunciation of the word hold up
Brit.  |ˈhəʊldʌp|  British pronunciation of the word hold up
- be the physical support of; carry the weight of (syn: hold, support, sustain)
- hold up something as an example; hold up one's achievements for admiration
- cause to be slowed down or delayed (syn: delay, detain)
- rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat (syn: stick up)
- continue to live and avoid dying (syn: endure, go, hold out, last, live, live on, survive)
- resist or confront with resistance (syn: defy, hold, withstand)
- resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc. (syn: stand up)

Examples

My husband has lost so much weight that he has to wear a belt to hold his trousers up.

The building of the new road has been held up by bad weather.

...held up mail delivery until we had a permanent address...

...traffic was held up for miles by the accident...

I have been held up in traffic.

Her shoes won't hold up

The walls are too weak to hold up the roof.

The Olympic Stadium will hold up to 80,000 spectators.

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