Definition of holdup
1 : delay
2 : a robbery carried out at gunpoint
Examples of holdup in a Sentence
There have been a series of holdups at local banks.
a holdup in construction due to the weather
Recent Examples of holdup from the Web
The holdup: Republicans will probably need Democrats' support.
A man punched a robber armed with a gun during a would-be holdup in New Orleans Sunday morning (May 28).
Police also believe the teen was the same suspect who just minutes before the McDonad’s holdup, attempted a similar heist at a Whataburger just a few blocks away.
This year’s holdup — still unresolved as of late May — is with a company from Switzerland, of all places.
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First Known Use of holdup
HOLDUP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of holdup for English Language Learners
: a usually brief delay
: a robbery that is done using a gun
HOLDUP Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of holdup
: an attempted or completed robbery carried out with the use of force and especially at gunpoint
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