holdup

noun hold·up \ ˈhōld-ˌəp \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of holdup

1 : delay
2 : a robbery carried out at gunpoint

Examples of holdup in a Sentence

  1. There have been a series of holdups at local banks.

  2. a holdup in construction due to the weather

Recent Examples of holdup from the Web

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First Known Use of holdup

1837


hold up

verb

Definition of hold up

transitive verb
1 : to rob at gunpoint
2 : delay, impede
3 : to call attention to : single out
  • his work was held up to ridicule
  • hold this up as perfection
  • The Times Literary Supplement (London)
intransitive verb
: to continue in the same condition without failing or losing effectiveness or force
  • she's holding up under the strain
  • music that holds up twenty years later

Examples of hold up in a Sentence

  1. held up mail delivery until we had a permanent address

  2. traffic was held up for miles by the accident

Recent Examples of hold up from the Web

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First Known Use of hold up

1851

hold up Synonyms

Synonyms
defer, delay, hold off (on), hold over, postpone, lay over, put off, put over, remit, shelve
Antonyms
aid, assist, facilitate, help
Related Words
suspend; hesitate, pause, stay; detain, retard, slow; extend, lengthen, prolong, protract, stretch (out); wait
Near Antonyms
act, deal (with), decide (upon), do, work (on)

HOLDUP Defined for English Language Learners

holdup

noun

Definition of holdup for English Language Learners

  • : a usually brief delay

  • : a robbery that is done using a gun


HOLDUP Defined for Kids

holdup

noun hold·up \ ˈhōld-ˌəp \

Definition of holdup for Students

1 : robbery by an armed robber
2 : 1delay
  • Why aren't we moving? What's the holdup?

Law Dictionary

holdup

noun hold·up

legal Definition of holdup

: an attempted or completed robbery carried out with the use of force and especially at gunpoint

hold up

transitive verb

legal Definition of hold up

: to make the victim of a holdup : rob at gunpoint


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