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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The holdup is a lesson in the process and politics of filling the courts, which begins with the state’s U.S. senators. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 June 2021 The holdup happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 at PNC Bank off Parkway East. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 31 Mar. 2021 Bet on it: The 2009 ballot initiative that constitutionally guaranteed four casinos across the state is contributing to the holdup in Ohio legalizing sports betting, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jessie Balmert reports. cleveland, 21 May 2021 An Arizona man already facing state charges in the holdup of an Army National Guard convoy in Texas has been charged federally. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 27 Mar. 2021 Part of the holdup has been that any changes from an original application, such as switching to a new site, need to first be vetted by the department. Emily Alpert Reyes Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2021 As mentioned earlier, the biggest holdup in getting them into service may be establishing their reliability and building up trust with human team members. David Hambling, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 The major holdup in the negotiations is surrounding the length of the contract. Dallas News, 2 Feb. 2021 The holdup was due to the Social Security Administration, which only provided the payment data for 30 million beneficiaries to the IRS on Thursday — or two weeks after Mr. Biden signed the relief bill. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One of the main things that all teams will be monitoring is how pitchers hold up in the second half of the season. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 11 June 2021 His opposition to filibuster changes also presents a major roadblock for Biden, given that Republicans can hold up many of his legislative priorities under the current rules. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 7 June 2021 That is partly an effort to make clear the reasons for each company’s designations, officials say, in the hope that the bans will hold up in court. New York Times, 3 June 2021 The question now is whether this weird Moore’s Law of sports will hold up when guys like Ballmer and Cohen are paying north of $2 billion for a team. Anthony Effinger, Robb Report, 1 May 2021 To make sure the vibrant colors would hold up throughout her big night, the pro swatched the shades on himself and wore them around the house for hours. Jackie Fields, PEOPLE.com, 28 Apr. 2021 Who knows how Leonard’s foot will hold up in a condensed postseason schedule? Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2021 But with 3:19 left in the second half, Parrella — who leads the CAA with 252 career goals — curled the right post and scored over Malamphy on a textbook question mark dodge to score what would eventually hold up as the game-winning goal. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, 25 Apr. 2021 Wallach, however, questions whether DeSantis’s compact with the Seminole Tribe will hold up in federal court, but that’s another column for another day. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, 24 Apr. 2021

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Holdup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holdup. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for holdup

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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