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hold up (1)

Meaning: to cause a delay, or make someone or something later than expected

Synonym: delay

For example:

  • 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.

Quick Quiz:

Julie has been held up by an emergency of some sort, so she'll probably be
  1. injured
  2. late
  3. early

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