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English definition of “hold sb/sth up”

hold sb/sth up

phrasal verb with hold     /həʊld/ verb (held, held)
to stop something getting somewhere, or making progress: The documents were held up in the post, so the sale was delayed. I was held up by traffic and arrived half an hour late at the meeting. The problems with the new system would hold up the project.
(Definition of hold sb/sth up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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