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?

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