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English definition of “hold sb/sth up”

hold sb/sth up

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

(DELAY)

B1 to delay someone or something: Traffic was held up for several hours by the accident.Delaying and wasting time

(STEAL)

to steal from someone using violence or the threat of violence: They held the same bank up twice in one week. He was held up at gunpoint by a gang of masked youths.Stealing
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