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English definition of “hold sth up as sth”

hold sth up as sth

(also hold up sth as sth) phrasal verb with hold     /həʊld/ US  /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)
to use someone or something as an example of something, especially something very good: Sweden is often held up as an example of a successful social democracy.Typifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance
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