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

With Newcastle in the midst of a title battle with Manchester United, Liverpool helped out their old rivals by beating the Kevin Keegan's entertainers in what is often held up as the greatest Premier League game ever. SI.com, "Liverpool vs Newcastle: 6 Classic Clashes Ahead of Saturday's Premier League Game," 12 Sep. 2019 Three Houston men accused of holding up a bank inside Gallery Furniture have been indicted on federal charges, authorities said Thursday. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Three indicted in armed robbery at bank in Gallery Furniture," 5 Sep. 2019 With the economy holding up for now and Biden polling better in head-to-head match-ups against President Trump, the former vice president still seems to have the upper hand. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 22 Aug. 2019 The supertanker left Gibraltar on Sunday after being held up for a month for allegedly attempting to breach EU sanctions on Syria. Washington Post, "Greece says it won’t assist Iranian tanker sought by US," 21 Aug. 2019 Given all this, how is investment in America holding up? The Economist, "The trade war is leading some firms to crimp investment," 15 Aug. 2019 Mulroney’s 5-year-old daughter Ivy carried Meghan’s bouquet before the ceremony, and her 8-year-old twin boys, John and Brian, were in charge of holding up Meghan’s lengthy veil. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle's Close Friend Claps Back at 'Trolls' with Bikini Photo: 'I'm Proud of My Body'," 3 Aug. 2019 But weren't the other fliers miffed at being held up? Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tight Flight Connection? United Airlines Wants to Hold the Plane for You," 26 July 2019 In layman’s terms, drinkers will find a roster full of brews like tropical-tasting IPAs, fruity saisons and effervescent ales — vibrant flavors capable of holding up against equally dynamic Mexican food. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Guide to Chicago’s essential craft breweries for visitors, locals, bar crawlers and enthusiasts," 22 July 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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