hold up

Primary Meanings of hold up

1.
v
be the physical support of; carry the weight of
2.
v
hold up something as an example; hold up one's achievements for admiration
3.
v
cause to be slowed down or delayed
4.
v
rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat
5.
v
continue to live through hardship or adversity
Full Definitions of hold up
1

v be the physical support of; carry the weight of

Synonyms:
hold, support, sustain
Types:
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scaffold
provide with a scaffold for support
block
support, secure, or raise with a block
carry
bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of
chock
support on chocks
buoy, buoy up
keep afloat
pole
support on poles
bracket
support with brackets
underpin
support from beneath
prop, prop up, shore, shore up
support by placing against something solid or rigid
truss
support structurally
brace
support by bracing
bolster
prop up with a pillow or bolster
tread
brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center
2

v hold up something as an example; hold up one's achievements for admiration

Type of:
display, exhibit, expose
to show, make visible or apparent
3

v cause to be slowed down or delayed

Synonyms:
delay, detain
Antonyms:
hurry, rush
urge to an unnatural speed
Types:
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stonewall
engage in delaying tactics or refuse to cooperate
catch
delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned
stall
deliberately delay an event or action
buy time
act so as to delay an event or action in order to gain an advantage
Type of:
decelerate, retard, slow, slow down, slow up
lose velocity; move more slowly
4

v rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat

Synonyms:
stick up
Types:
mug
rob at gunpoint or with the threat of violence
Type of:
rob
take something away by force or without the consent of the owner
5

v continue to live through hardship or adversity

Synonyms:
endure, go, hold out, last, live, live on, survive
be, live
have life, be alive
exist, live, subsist, survive
support oneself
Types:
hold water, stand up
resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
perennate
survive from season to season, of plants
live out
live out one's life; live to the end

v resist or confront with resistance

Synonyms:
defy, hold, withstand
Types:
brave, brave out, endure, weather
face and withstand with courage
Type of:
hold out, resist, stand firm, withstand
stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

v resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.

“Her shoes won't hold up
Synonyms:
hold water, stand up
Type of:
endure, go, hold out, last, live, live on, survive
continue to live through hardship or adversity

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