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hold up

verb

Definition of hold up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to rob at gunpoint

  3. 2 :  delay, impede

  4. 3 :  to call attention to :  single out <his work was held up to ridicule> <hold this up as perfection — Times Literary Supplement>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to continue in the same condition without failing or losing effectiveness or force <she's holding up under the strain> <music that holds up twenty years later>



Examples of hold up in a sentence

  1. <held up mail delivery until we had a permanent address>

  2. <traffic was held up for miles by the accident>



1851

First Known Use of hold up

1851


Law Dictionary

hold up

transitive verb

Legal Definition of hold up

  1. :  to make the victim of a holdup :  rob at gunpoint





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