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  • verb idiomatic, transitive To wait or delay.
  • verb To support or lift.
  • verb idiomatic To withstand; to stand up to; to survive.
  • verb idiomatic to fulfil / fulfill or complete one's part of an agreement
  • verb idiomatic to rob at gunpoint
  • verb transitive To impede; detain.


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  • Contronymic in the sense: hold back vs. promote as example.

    January 31, 2007