When something holds up it means that it has remained strong or in a fairly good condition. For example:
- There were fears that her ankle might not hold up for the competition.
- Prices had held up well until late 1997.
But can I use it for an individual?
Let's suppose I have not seen an old friend since a long time ago e.g. fifteen years. When I'm walking down a street, suddenly I come across him. After a couple of minutes I look at his face and totally his appearance and find him quite similar to what he was about fifteen years ago. Can I say:
You've quite held up over after many years. [self-made sentence].
If not, then what should I say to express my surprise?
Meanwhile, I wonder what exclamation is used in this sense at the beginning of my sentence?