Definition of “hold up” - English Dictionary

“hold up” in British English

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hold up

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

to remain strong or successful:

Will his alibi hold up (= continue to seem true) in court?
I hope the repairs hold up until we can get to a garage.

hold-upnoun

uk /ˈhəʊld.ʌp/ us /ˈhoʊld.ʌp/

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

“hold up” in American English

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hold up

phrasal verb with hold us /hoʊld/ verb past tense and past participle held /held/

(CONTINUE)

to continue to operate or be able to do things, esp. after being repaired or being ill:

I hope the spare tire holds up until we can get to a garage.
She is holding up well despite her problems.

If information holds up, it is proved to be true:

The evidence may not hold up in court.

(Definition of “hold up” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“hold up” in Business English

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hold up

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

[ I ] to stay strong or well:

hold-upnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhəʊldʌp/ us

a delay that prevents something from happening:

hold-up in sth Work is yet to start because of hold-ups in obtaining planning permission.

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

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