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"hold sth up" in British English

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hold sth up

phrasal verb with hold uk   /həʊld/  us   /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)
  • (FOOTBALL)

If a centreforwardholds up the ​ball, they ​keepcontrol of a ​long pass from a defender on the same ​team until other ​members of the ​team can ​reach the opponent's ​half of the ​playingfield: Lukaku used his ​strength to ​hold up the ​ball, giving Baines ​time to ​sprint downfield in ​support.
(Definition of hold sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hold sth up" in Business English

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hold sth up

phrasal verb with hold uk   us   /həʊld/ verb (held, held)
to not do something immediately: They ​held up ​releasingspecifications until the ​patents were ​granted.
(Definition of hold sth up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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