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    delay vs hold_up

    She said the trio was planning to move to a new house last month, but the last time she saw them, they said the move had been delayed.

    Hi,
    Can I replace ''delayed'' with ''held up'', please?
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    Re: delay vs hold_up

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: delay vs hold_up

    Not without changing the meaning, adding an implication.

    Anyone else see a difference?

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    Re: delay vs hold_up

    I think "held up" is more likely to suggest a third party involved in holding up proceedings, whereas "delayed" is slightly more passive influence.

    I would be more likely to say that the move was held up by the people selling the house. But I would probably say that it was delayed because the paperwork hadn't arrived yet, for example.

    But generally, I don't think there's much of a problem using them interchangably, that's just how I would choose to use them.


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    Re: delay vs hold_up

    But I would probably say that it was delayed because the paperwork hadn't arrived yet, for example.

    That's still a 'hold-up'.

    Hmm. How many words in the English language, with shades of meaning, and nuances of differences that can provide such clarity?

    I'm not of the 'lump 'em all together 'cos they mean about the same' school.

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