hold up


  • William, holding a rat, looking up at his father
    William, holding a rat, looking up at his father
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hold up 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"
    • v hold up 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?"
    • v hold up hold up something as an example; hold up one's achievements for admiration
    • v hold up rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat
    • v hold up 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?"
    • v hold up resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc. "Her shoes won't hold up","This theory won't hold water"
    • v hold up resist or confront with resistance "The politician defied public opinion","The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear","The bridge held"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Chidlren in front of fireplace holding toys, one looking up the chimney Chidlren in front of fireplace holding toys, one looking up the chimney

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An orca whale can hold its breath for up to 15 minutes
    • Hold up to raise: to continue to go at the same rate
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  • Bertolt Brecht
    “It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.”
  • Max L. Forman
    Max L. Forman
    “Always hold your head up but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.”
  • Charles Swindoll
    Charles Swindoll
    “Stand still... and refuse to retreat. Look at it as God looks at it and draw upon His power to hold up under the blast.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not an example.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.”
  • Will Rogers
    “Don't gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up. If it don't go up, don't buy it.”


Hold your hands up - (UK) If you hold your hands up, you accept responsibility for something you have done wrong.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. healdan; Old High Ger. haltan, Goth. haldan.


In literature:

And, holding up another of the paper-covered hoops, he persuaded Snowball to leap through it neatly.
"The Tale of Snowball Lamb" by Arthur Bailey
Also, she was now holding the baby well up and back.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Now we can hold up our heads.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
While he ate the bananas he would hold up on a fork a piece of fish for Lizzie to take.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
Still they have hope; there may be something enclosed for them in that letter they saw him holding up.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
"The Great K. & A. Robbery" by Paul Liechester Ford
Hold up your head; the shame is not yours.
"Witness to the Deed" by George Manville Fenn
He did not need to toss a feather or hold up his hat.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Maybe I'd better go across and hold up this feller?
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
N-never heard of a hold-up gettin' up a petition for better street lights, did you?
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine

In poetry:

He holds the present up to her
As with a smile she nears
And answers to the profferer,
''Twill last all my sewing years!'
"The Workbox" by Thomas Hardy
And bade her look one summer night
Up to the sky that seemed to hold,
In dying sunset splendor bright,
All hues of sapphire, red, and gold.
"Receiving Sight" by Hattie Howard
Only serpents let their skin be fallen
And a soul — all grown up and old.
We, alas, change an eternal soul,
Leaving body in eternal hold.
"Only Serpents" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
With thy true love I have more wealth
Than Charon's piled-up bank doth hold;
Where he makes kings lay down their crowns
And life-long misers leave their gold.
"Rich or Poor" by William H Davies
All work is noble, but a nobler kind
Is that whose task is ever piercing through
The mummy folds of ignorance to find
True worth in man and hold it up to view.
"Carlyle" by Alexander Anderson
"So, after gazing, homeward turn, and mount
To that long chamber in the roof; there tell
Your heart the laid-up lore it holds to count
And prize and ponder well.
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Spirit Halloween Manager Aaron Thompson holds up Mitt Romney and Barack Obama Halloween masks KELLY MERRITT.
Protesters at Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver hold up their hands to show their opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline and the use of oil tanker s in local waters.
Jake Buck holds up a halibut he caught while fishing in southern Lynn Canal on June 23.
Dennis Nett/The Post-Standard Duckett holding up a couple lunkers.
An ancient Chinese proverb goes that women hold up half the sky.
Benny McLean, production manager for Uncle Matt's Organic in Florida, holds up a bottle of his company's orange juice , which recently moved its US label to the prominent front.
CARNESVILLE — With Elbert's playoff hopes hanging in the balance, the Blue Devils made a strong showing over Franklin County to hold up their end of securing a playoff chance.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos holds up a Kindle Paperwhite during Amazon's Kindle event in California last month.
Leonidas Pacunda holds up the shirt of his son Isbac Pacunda, who was diagnosed with "Fetus in fetu" at Las Mercedes hospital in Chiclayo, Peru, Saturday Jan 28, 2012.
Community member Hector Hernandez holds up a sign outside the Church in Porterville he made for AJ Pardo .
While other inexpensive peelers aren't sharp enough to peel a carrot, or have unsteady blades that fall out after a few uses, Kuhn Rikon's affordable peelers hold up.
Captain Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings holds up the Stanley Cup after his team defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 on Monday, June 11.
Jennifer Zeiger holds up a picket sign outside of Raley's Supermarket while a couple of people cross the picket line to shop and or to apply for work.
Each quilter holds up one of their many completed pillowcases .
Howland police are looking for the person responsible for holding up a pizza shop late Monday.

In science:

We will prove that, up to a logarithmic factor, the same estimate holds for a random set σ .
Coordinate restrictions of linear operators in $l_2^n$
The Einstein equations have the special properties that existence is only obtained for initial data satisfying the constraint equations and that uniqueness only holds up to diffeomorphism.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
There exists an irreducible G(J ) -equivariant local system F ′ on C (unique up to isomorphism) such that the fol lowing holds: for any x ∈ XJ such that x ˙C ⊂ C , the restriction F ′ |x ˙C is the local system obtained from F via ˙C ∼−→ x ˙C (multiplication by x).
Classification of unipotent representations of simple p-adic groups,II
This means that for all realistic values of d and for sufficiently large γ , our results, derived for the homogeneous fields, certainly hold up to the times of ≈ γ /ω , that is the characteristic time in the interaction of the dipole and the target.
Space-Time Evolution of the Oscillator, Rapidly moving in a random media
We will also use the notation ˙= to denote quasi-isomorphisms that only hold up to a shift in the derived category.
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras