One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they were detained for questioning’
hold, take into custody, put into custody, place in custody, remand in custody, hold in custody, keep in custody, take, take in, seize, confine, imprison, lock up, put in jail, put behind bars, incarcerate, impound, intern, restrain, arrest, apprehend
informal pick up, run in, pull in, haul in, cop, bust, nab, nail, do, collar, feel someone's collar
British informal nick, pinch
2‘don't let me detain you’
delay, hold up, make late, retard, keep, keep back, slow up, slow down, set back, get bogged down
hinder, hamper, impede, obstruct
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