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hold up
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  • resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
    • Her shoes won't hold up
    • This theory won't hold water
  • resist or confront with resistance
    • The politician defied public opinion
    • The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
    • The bridge held
  • continue to live through hardship or adversity
    • We went without water and food for 3 days
    • These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America
    • The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents
    • how long can a person last without food and water?
  • rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat
  • cause to be slowed down or delayed
    • Traffic was delayed by the bad weather
    • she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform
  • hold up something as an example; hold up one's achievements for admiration
  • be the physical support of; carry the weight of
    • The beam holds up the roof
    • He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam
    • What's holding that mirror?
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