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English definition of “hold sth up”

hold sth up

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

(football)

If a centre forward holds up the ball, they keep control 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 playing field: Lukaku used his strength to hold up the ball, giving Baines time to sprint downfield in support.
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