from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To delay.
  • intransitive v. To keep up; not to fall behind; not to lose ground.


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  • It is true that some mention was made in the Parisian and English press at the time of the Arnim trial of the questionable role which Baron Holstein had played in the affair, and there were a number of Parisian papers that did not hesitate to hold up the baron to, at any rate, French obloquy, as a man guilty of the base betrayal of the kindest and most indulgent of chiefs.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • The 4th Panzer Division was ordered to hold up the Soviets east of Baranovichi for as long as possible.

    Panzer Aces

  • She was accustomed to hold up as an example to her little girls the career of a certain model child, the daughter of a distant kinsman, Sir Rowland Hill of Shropshire.

    Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century

  • Even here in Tawmouth she would find it difficult for a while to hold up her head and be sure of her welcome at the homes of their friends.


  • Friessner's forces in the Carpathians had managed to hold off Petrov, and although his right "flank" had been bent back in disorder it became increasingly feasible for light scratch forces to hold up the Russian advance, for by the end of September the spearheads of both Malinovsky and Tolbukhin had travelled over two hundred miles from their starting lines.


  • 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.


  • Students who occupied buildings were beaten as they tried to hold up the two-finger V sign.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • During the second week of July the only regions where there was any heavy fighting were at Voronezh and south of the Donetz, where the pit heads and slag heaps of the mining basin gave some protection for infantry trying to hold up armour.


  • Hornblower forced himself to hold up his head and walk with a swagger; the pistols in his side pockets bumped reassuringly against his hips, and his sword tapped against his thigh.

    Flying Colours

  • 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.

    The HurricaneStory


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