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English definition of “hold sth up”

hold sth up

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