to hold up



Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - hold up

"to hold up"

to raise something or someone in the air

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - hold up

"to hold up"

to support something or someone in an upright position

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - hold up

"to hold up"

to maintain or adhere to some part of an arrangement or agreement

 

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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - hold up

"to hold up"

to obstruct or delay something or someone

 

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Idiom Definition 5

Idiom Definition - hold up

"to hold up"

to rob someone or some place while armed

 

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Idiom Definition 6

Idiom Definition - hold up

"to hold up"

to offer or present something as an example

 

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Idiom Definition 7

Idiom Definition - hold up

"to hold up"

to continue to function without losing force or effectiveness

 

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Idiom Definition 8

Idiom Definition - hold up

"to hold up"

to continue to seem true after being carefully examined

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hold up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Who knew that going on strike and walking a picket line could be so difficult.

Friend 2:  When you see people on TV, you don't realize how heavy the picket sign can be.

Friend 1:  Yes, holding up a picket sign for hours is hard on the arms and shoulders.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hold up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I heard that Phillip had a bad car accident.

Friend 2:  Yes, he was banged up pretty badly.

Friend 1:  I guess he needs one of those special wheelchairs, huh?

Friend 2:  Yes, he needs a chair that holds up his broken leg.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - hold up

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  It looks like we are not going to be able to make our delivery on time.

Colleague 2:  But we signed a contract guaranteeing delivery.

Colleague 1: Then we will not be holding up our part of the agreement.  The goods will simply not be ready in time.


Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - hold up

Two friends are travelling by car...

Friend 1:  The traffic is taking forever to move.

Friend 2:  There must be some kind of delay.

Friend 1:  I wonder what's holding traffic up?

Friend 2:  Probably an accident up ahead. Turn on the traffic news on the radio.


Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - hold up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You'll never guess what happened to me last night.

Friend 2:  Tell me.

Friend 1:  Just as I finished taking cash out of the automatic teller machine, a man pulled a gun and held me up.

Friend 2:  He stole all your money?

Friend 1:  Yes. I had no choice. He had a gun.


Idiom Scenario 6

Idiom Definition - hold up

A boss is addressing his team ...

Boss:  It has come to my attention that some of our customers are not happy with the service they are receiving.

A Team Member:  What can we do?

Boss:  I would like to hold up Clara's method of customer satisfaction as an example.

A Team Member: Clara, please explain your method.


Idiom Scenario 7

Idiom Definition - hold up

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  Well, after twenty years of reliable service, our washing machine has finally stopped working.

Husband:  It is amazing that it held up this long.

Wife:  I suppose we will have to buy a new one.

Husband:  And hope that the new washing machine holds up as long as this one.


Idiom Scenario 8

Idiom Definition - hold up

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  We are going to have to sue our supplier.

Colleague 2:  Do you think we have a chance of winning?

Colleague 1:  I think our lawsuit will hold up in court. Our contract is well-formed and valid in most jurisdictions.

Colleague 2:  Let's hope that the court agrees after careful examination.





to hold up - Usage:

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Usage Frequency Index:   20,110   click for frequency by country




to hold up - Gerund Form:

Holding up a protest sign for hours and hours can be tiring.

Holding up your invalid parent while they eat is a chore.

Holding up your part of a promise is essential.

Holding up a parade, the storm continued to rage.

Holding up the person who had just visited a cash machine, the robber stole a lot of money.

Holding up his perfect presentation, the boss offered it as an example of how to make a presentation.

Holding up for twenty years, their washing machine has proven reliable.

Holding up in court, the contract was upheld.



to hold up - Examples:

1)  The theories provided about electrostatic charge coupling seem to hold up, ...

2)  With his arms outstretched, Josh Cassidy can barely hold up the dozens of medals he has amassed over the years. 

3)  Chinese and global growth only slow moderately, commodity prices hold up and credit spreads remain well-behaved. 

4)  ... allowing local participants to hold up placards instead of the customary pink torchlights, ...

5)  I'll play as long as my knees hold up, that seems to be the issue.

6)  ... they lack materially through local, practical and communitarian solutions. Yet rather than being held up as models for us to consider ...

7)  The Canadian art market has been growing. It held up really well after the financial crisis of 2008.

8)  Tyrone held up their end of the bargain - at least for 40 minutes, before realising ...

9)  Fifty thousand yards later, the shoulder has held up pretty well.

10)  A pregnant South Australian mum held up by traffic as she rushed to hospital to give birth had no choice but ...

11)  He notes that one discouragement against filming is the pain of holding up a smartphone for long periods of time.

12)  Holding up a service station is pretty easy to pick as a crime.

13)  The real challenge in India's engagement with Iran was not about holding up the high principles of " strategic autonomy ", but of effectively navigating the ...

14)  ... will have to strip it down for the security check and you will end up holding up the line.

15)  ... only recently she posted a photo of herself holding up a placard reading 'Refugees -- my home is their home'.

16)  ... offers extremely resistant engraved medical jewelry for men, women and children that holds up to everyday wear and tear.

17)  ... holds up his hands to cheers and boos after speaking before the ...

18)  ... holds up as a shining example of future possibilities.

19)  None of these first series holds up well in terms of production values or story telling.

20)  It holds up my queue when the machine is jammed.