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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.
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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)
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