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 — The Times Literary Supplement (London)

  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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