Definition of “hold sb/sth up” - English Dictionary

“hold sb/sth up” in Business English

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hold sb/sth up

phrasal verb with hold uk /həʊld/ us verb held, held

to stop something getting somewhere, or making progress:

The documents were held up in the post, so the sale was delayed.
I was held up by traffic and arrived half an hour late at the meeting.
The problems with the new system would hold up the project.

(Definition of “hold sb/sth up” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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