hold up (1)
Meaning: to cause a delay, or make someone or something later than expectedSynonym: delay
- be held up Sorry I'm late. We got held up in a traffic jam.
- hold sb/sth up The production problems will hold deliveries up for at least a week.
- hold up sb/sth The crash held up the traffic for an hour or more.
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