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    hold up

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help me to interpret in my native language the phrasal verb in bold in the following brief excerpt from entertainment news which was released today in the Internet.

    “Steve Washington, a Jamaican-born drummer who has toured with Take That, Texas and Whitney Houston, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

    Washington, whose real name is Steve Tate, pleaded guilty to holding up a Lloyd s TSB branch in Folkestone in July, while waving a gift-wrapped music-stand he tried to pass off as a gun.”

    I know at least three different meaning of the phrasal verb in question as: 1. offer or present as an example; 2. obstruct or delay; 3. continue to function without losing force or effectiveness; endure; but in my opinion they are unsuitable for the present case. A more successful attempt would be the usage one of the following meanings: “take possession of”, “comedown on”, “sack” or rather simple “rob”.

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: hold up

    In this case it's the "rather simple 'rob'."
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 25-Sep-2008 at 07:28.

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