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Phrasal Verbs

hold up (3)

This page is about the phrasal verb hold up (3)

Meaning

to steal from someone while threatening them with a gun or a similar weapon

Synonym

rob

For example

  • be held up The bank in High Street has been held up three times in the last ten years, and the robbers got away every time.

  • hold sb/sth up If a thief holds you up, just give them your money and whatever else they want. You must never try to fight them or get away.

  • hold up sb/sth Bonnie and Clyde were famous for holding up banks and stealing their money.

Quick Quiz

If you're going to hold up a bank, you'll need to take

a. your application form

b. your bank book

c. your gun

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