Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hold up! excl.

also hole up!

a general excl. requesting a pause in either activity or speech.

[UK]E.W. Rogers [perf. Vesta Tilley] The End of the Song 🎵 Hold up cocky! / Got the jim-jams once again?
[UK]Marvel 15 May 14: Hold up! hold up, Mandy!
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Dec. 15/2: ‘Hold up, Joe,’ said Williamson. ‘What’s the pore bloke done to you?’ ‘What’s he done?’ thundered Weigall. ‘What’s he done? That’s the –– –– –– knock-kneed bleeder that converted me!’.
[UK]R. Llewellyn None But the Lonely Heart 221: ‘Here, hold up,’ He says, ‘Turn it in, me old china.’.
[UK]G. Kersh Fowlers End (2001) 243: ‘Hold up, lady!’ cried Copper Baldwin, as she fainted in his arms.
[US]R. Conot Rivers of Blood 282: Baby Doe saw on a mannequin in the show window the most beautiful dress she had ever seen in her life—it was low cut, satiny white with sequins. ‘Hey, man!’ she said. ‘Hold up!’.
[UK]G.F. Newman A Prisoner’s Tale 190: Hold up [...] ’Sthat deep enough, Mr. Evans?
[UK]J. Sullivan ‘Wanted’ Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Hold up, they’re looking over here.
[UK]Guardian 26 Nov. 37: ‘Hold up, Dazz, I didn’t know you’d done a video,’ says the bloke behind the counter.
[US]N. Green Shooting Dr. Jack (2002) 83: Hole up, hole up. Park over here.
[Aus]S. Maloney Sucked In 120: Hold up [...] It’s getting dark and looks like rain. Let’s not push it.