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See also: hold-up
- (idiomatic, transitive) To wait or delay.
- What is holding up traffic?
- Hold up a minute. I want to check something.
- To support or lift.
- Hold up the table while I slide this underneath.
- (idiomatic) To withstand; to stand up to; to survive.
- hold up to scrutiny
- hold up to heavy use
- (idiomatic) to fulfil / fulfill or complete one's part of an agreement
- I don't think he's holding up his end of the bargain.
- (idiomatic) to rob at gunpoint
- The guy tried to hold up a bank.
- (transitive) To impede; detain.
- I've got to be to work now. Why are you holding me up?
- 2012 May 13, Andrew Benson, “Williams's Pastor Maldonado takes landmark Spanish Grand Prix win”, BBC Sport:
- It worked to perfection. Ferrari's decision not to stop on the next lap simply made life easier, especially when Alonso was held up by Marussia's Charles Pic during that period - for which the Frenchman earned a drive-through penalty.
to wait or delay
(idiomatic) to withstand; to stand up to; to survive
(idiomatic) to fulfil / fulfill or complete one's part of an agreement