holdup

noun
hold·​up | \ ˈhōld-ˌəp How to pronounce holdup (audio) \

Definition of holdup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : delay
2 : a robbery carried out at gunpoint

hold up

verb
held up; holding up; holds up

Definition of hold up (Entry 2 of 2)

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 perfectionThe 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

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Examples of holdup in a Sentence

Noun

There have been a series of holdups at local banks. a holdup in construction due to the weather

Verb

held up mail delivery until we had a permanent address traffic was held up for miles by the accident
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Meanwhile, holdups at Germany’s key automobile factories pushed Europe’s largest economy to the brink of recession in the final six months of last year. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "ECB Worries Over Economy Mount, But Stands Pat on Rates," 24 Jan. 2019 The holdup happened in the Trinity Commons parking lot about 9:45 p.m. Thursday, according to the email. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Hartford police investigate armed carjacking at Trinity," 13 Sep. 2019 Officials fear that if there is a disorderly withdrawal from Europe, the holdups from the trucks could snarl traffic across northern France. Washington Post, "These 5 countries are busy prepping for a post-Brexit world," 6 Sep. 2019 The signing bonus is the holdup in getting the defensive lineman’s signature on the Jets’ contract, the New York Post and ESPN reported. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Jets open training camp without first-round pick Quinnen Williams," 24 July 2019 There are holdups in every agency that manages immigration, including a backlog of more than 700,000 immigration cases. Elliot Spagat, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump could have tough time meeting his deportation threat," 18 June 2019 The first Alabama holdup happened just before 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Wells Fargo Bank at 301 Summit Boulevard. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Accused serial bank robber sought in 3 states charged in Homewood holdup, jailed in Montgomery," 23 Aug. 2019 In the world of aircraft carriers, delays and holdups are simply part of doing business. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's Troubled Aircraft Carrier Proves Why It's So Hard To Build Them," 14 Aug. 2019 The robbery and attempted holdup remain under investigation, police said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Police: Nervous robber arrested after he rides away from bungled holdup in Manchester and robs another bank," 5 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Judging that the policy was unlikely to be held up by courts, Tigar granted a temporary injunction. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "President Trump Wages War on Government and Expertise, and Our Institutions Surrender," 13 Sep. 2019 Companies with more of a domestic focus should continue to hold up well despite geopolitical jitters, according to data from FactSet. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "The bull market just won't die," 11 Sep. 2019 The short video ends with Lillard holding up three fingers as NBA players are known to do after drilling a three-point shot. Tim Brown, oregonlive, "NBA on TNT says Damian Lillard’s shot ‘changed everything,’ savagely trolls Thunder, Chris Paul in new video," 10 Sep. 2019 To be able to hold up on that, both punt and field goal protections was a key part of the game for us. BostonGlobe.com, "Antonio Brown’s locker awaits near Tom Brady’s - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 Despite a decline in total film admissions in South Korea in 2018 — from nearly 220 million in 2017 to 216.4 million last year — the trend has continued to hold up. Danny Kim, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toronto: Crime Wave Hits South Korean Cinema," 8 Sep. 2019 Ready to hold up their bit of the sky Gay groups in China take striking care to avoid terms liable to alarm the party, such as human or civil rights. The Economist, "Gay Chinese take a modest first step towards civil unions," 5 Sep. 2019 Russia wants to stake its claim in the region that is believed to hold up to one-fourth of the Earth's undiscovered oil and gas. Fox News, "Russia maps 5 new Arctic islands discovered by eagle-eyed student," 31 Aug. 2019 Russia wants to stake its claim in the region that is believed to hold up to one-fourth of the Earth's undiscovered oil and gas. David Rising And Seth Borenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Climate change turns Arctic into strategic, economic hotspot," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of holdup

Noun

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1851, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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holdup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of holdup

: a usually brief delay
: a robbery that is done using a gun

holdup

noun
hold·​up | \ ˈhōld-ˌəp How to pronounce holdup (audio) \

Kids Definition of holdup

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

holdup

noun
hold·​up

Legal Definition of holdup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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