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a few connotations of "hold up"
Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
John held up his hand.
hold up = to raise; lift
The chair was too weak to hold up me.
hold up = to support; carry
The teacher held up excellent models of composition for her class to imitate.
hold up = to show; call attention to; exhibit; offer or present as an example;
She held me up to ridicule. (or held me up to derision)
hold up = expose; place on show
ridicule implies purposeful disparagement
The wreck held up traffic on the railroad's main line tracks.
hold up = to check; stop; delay; obstruct
Masked men held up the bank.
hold up = to rob at gunpoint
at gunpoint = at knifepoint = under coercion
coercion = power used to overcome resistance
The grieving mother held up for her children's sake.
hold up = to keep one's courage or spirits up; remain calm; keep control of oneself
Our team's luck held up and they won the game.
Sales held up well.
The weather held up and the game was played
We held up through that long bitter winter.
hold up = to remain good; not get worse; continue to function without losing function or efectieness; endure
The police were doubtful at first, but Tony's story held up.
hold up = to prove true
The college held up on plans for the building until more money came in.
The President held up on the news until he was sure of it.
They had to hold up their travel plans.
hold up = to delay action; defer; postpone
Thank you for your efforts.
Re: a few connotations of "hold up"
You are spot on...
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