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English definition of “hold sb/sth up”

hold sb/sth up

(DELAY) phrasal verb with hold     /həʊld/ US  /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)
B1 to delay someone or something: Traffic was held up for several hours by the accident .Delaying and wasting time
(Definition of hold sb/sth up (DELAY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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