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Meaning of “hold up” in the English Dictionary

"hold up" in British English

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hold up

phrasal verb with hold uk   /həʊld/  us   /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)
to ​remainstrong or ​successful: Will his ​alibihold up (= ​continue to ​seemtrue) in ​court? I ​hope the ​repairshold up until we can get to a ​garage.

hold-upnoun

uk   /ˈhəʊld.ʌp/  us   /ˈhoʊld-/
(Definition of hold up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hold up" in American English

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hold up

phrasal verb with hold  us   /hoʊld/ verb (past tense and past participle held  /held/ )
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to ​continue to ​operate or be ​able to do things, esp. after being ​repaired or being ​ill: I ​hope the ​sparetire holds up until we can get to a ​garage. She is holding up well ​despite her ​problems. If ​information holds up, it is ​proved to be ​true: The ​evidence may not hold up in ​court.
(Definition of hold up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hold up" in Business English

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hold up

phrasal verb with hold uk   us   /həʊld/ verb (held, held)
[I] to ​staystrong or well: The ​realestatemarketheld up despite a ​lack of ​consumerconfidence.

hold-upnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈhəʊldʌp/
a delay that prevents something from ​happening: hold-up in sth Work is yet to ​start because of hold-ups in obtaining ​planningpermission.
(Definition of hold up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hold up”
in Chinese (Simplified) 保持强壮, 保持成功…
in Chinese (Traditional) 保持強壯, 保持成功…
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