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


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  • Part of the rock-and-roll flower-child generation, they would hold up hand-lettered signs indicating where they wanted to go, and usually, they would be picked up and transported some or all the way there.

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  • I hold up my head to smell it better, and far away I hear the shuffle and klunk of filled pots going on the stove back in the kitchen.

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  • Just then a voice behind him said, “Emissary?” and Sisko turned to see a Romulan in an ill-fitting Bajoran-style uniform hold up a gleaming metallic padd encased in what appeared to be gold.


  • Or they would be highwaymen and hold up the stage, or Indian scouts and crawl on their stomachs through the corn and tobacco, cautiously reconnoitering the movements of the wily redskins, and taking care not to put themselves in the way of punishment by flattening the stalks.

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  • Two college boys hold up a friend, his body sagging like martyred Saint Sebastian, his chin glistening with vomit.

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  • After that no self-respecting highbinder could hold up his head.

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  • "Oh," she moaned, "it must be kept from Clara -- and I'll never hold up my head again if John Farry ever hears of it!"


  • CUTOFF MAN: infielder who catches a throw from an outfielder in an attempt to hold up a base runner who is heading for a base or home plate or to get a ball to its intended target faster.


  • On March 24, and again, two days later, the squadron hustled to El Hamma, where a danger - ous build-up of German tanks was threatening to hold up the advance, and led by Squadron Leader D. Weston-Burt, the twelve cannon-firing Hurri - canes hit some thirty-two tanks, besides numerous lorries and mobile guns.

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  • For someone like her, she doubted patient-client confidentiality would hold up in a court of law.

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

    January 31, 2007