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    Default a few connotations of "hold up"

    Dear teachers,

    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.

    Regards,

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    Default Re: a few connotations of "hold up"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    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.

    Regards,

    V.
    You are spot on...
    Thanks

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