hold sth up

hold sth up
Ⅰ.
UK US hold sth up
Phrasal Verb with hold({{}}/həʊld/ verb (held, held)
to not do something immediately: »

They held up releasing specifications until the patents were granted.

Ⅱ.
UK US hold sb/sth up
Phrasal Verb with hold({{}}/həʊld/ verb (held, held)
to stop something getting somewhere, or making progress: »

The documents were held up in the post, so the sale was delayed.

»

I was held up by traffic and arrived half an hour late at the meeting.

»

The problems with the new system would hold up the project.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • hold sth back — UK US hold sb/sth back Phrasal Verb with hold({{}}/həʊld/ verb (held, held) ► to prevent someone or something from changing, moving, or developing: »She hadn t got the promotion she wanted, and she accused her boss of holding her back. »What s… …   Financial and business terms

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  • hold something against somebody — ˌhold sth aˈgainst sb derived to allow sth that sb has done to make you have a lower opinion of them • I admit I made a mistake but don t hold it against me. Main entry: ↑holdderived …   Useful english dictionary

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