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“hold sth up” in British English

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hold sth up

phrasal verb with hold uk /həʊld/ us /hoʊld/ verb 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.

(Definition of “hold sth up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“hold sth up” in Business English

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hold sth up

phrasal verb with hold uk /həʊld/ us 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)