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hold up

verb uk phrasal verb with hold   /həʊld/ us    /hoʊld/ (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.
Translations of “hold up”
in Chinese (Traditional) 保持強壯, 保持成功…
in Chinese (Simplified) 保持强壮, 保持成功…
(Definition of hold up phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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