hold-up play

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hold-up play (plural hold-up plays)

  1. (soccer, idiomatic) A play where an attacker retains possession of the ball, while the teammates can move up the field.
    • 2011 January 19, Jonathan Stevenson, “Leeds 1 - 3 Arsenal”, in BBC[1]:
      Arsenal must have been pleased that Leeds' leading scorer Luciano Becchio was ruled out with a back injury and the hosts missed his hold-up play and threat for long periods as Wenger's side produced wave after wave of attack.