hold up = delay, make someone be late
- I 'm sorry I 'm late. I was held up at the office.
- I 'm sorry I 'm late. I was held up in the heavy traffic.
- What is holding Mary up? She was supposed to be here half an hour ago.
- I wanted to be here earlier but I got held up in the rain.
- What is holding up progress in this country?
- I got held up at work and I didn 't have time to go to the stores.
- What is holding up the negotiations?
- There is a lot I want to do but housework and taking care of the children are holding me up.
- Lack of money is always holding up government plans to build a new hospital.
- I wouldn 't want to hold you up. If you 're in a hurry, you can go.