hold (someone/something) up

hold (someone/something) up
Definition: to delay someone or something.

(This phrasal verb has more than one meaning)
E.g.1: I know I promised to be here earlier, but I was help up in traffic.
E.g.2: They held the train up for over an hour while they removed the tree from the track.

This phrasal verb can be separated. (E.g.2)

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