holdup

noun
hold·up | \ˈhōld-ˌəp \

Definition of holdup 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : delay

2 : a robbery carried out at gunpoint

hold up

verb

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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Crawford set the same amount for the alleged accomplice, Trinity Arvin Keara Jones, 18, who is only charged with Taylor in the Poway holdup. Neal Putnam, Ramona Sentinel, "Bank robbery suspect, accomplice plead not guilty," 11 July 2018 The holdup in filling his job could be finding someone willing to give up total power in making decisions. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers taking their time to find the right GM," 9 July 2018 Cameron Love, 20, entered a guilty plea to aggravated robbery Tuesday in DuPage County court for the July 20, 2017 armed holdup of a 7-Eleven store on South Villa Avenue. Clifford Ward, Daily Southtown, "Dropped lottery ticket during Villa Park holdup leads to 15-year prison term for Blue Island man," 26 June 2018 The latest holdup in the project occurred in February when a $117-million contract with the firm selected to clean lead from the worst-polluted 2,500 properties fell through. Ben Poston, latimes.com, "The Exide plant in Vernon closed 3 years ago. The vast majority of lead-contaminated properties remain uncleaned," 26 Apr. 2018 While there is no precise accounting of their crimes, police have estimated the gang participated in at least 100 holdups in the 1970s and ’80s, getting away with about $15 million. Ian Austen, BostonGlobe.com, "Stephen Reid, gentleman bank robber turned writer, dies at 68," 20 June 2018 While there is no precise accounting of their crimes, the police have estimated that the gang participated in at least 100 holdups during the 1970s and ′80s, getting away with about $15 million. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Stephen Reid, Gentleman Bank Robber Turned Writer, Dies at 68," 15 June 2018 Based on court records, Medei’s mental health is the major holdup. Rafael Olmeda, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Nine years later, no trial date for Hollywood ex-boxer who killed wife and stepson," 22 June 2018 Two men are charged in connection with the holdup, and a woman is charged for lying to police after the crime, said Trussville police Sgt. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "2 teens injured - one critically - in predawn 'suspicious' fire," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This toy has held up to daily playing and chewing for the last five months. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Dog Toys, According to Happy Dogs," 11 July 2018 For the most part, Cashner has held up his end of the bargain, recording his ninth quality start this season in 17 outings in the Orioles’ 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Thursday night. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles' Cashner after another wasted quality start: 'It's just as hard for [the offense] as it is for me'," 6 July 2018 The 57-year-old’s form has held up since his Lower Merion High days. Mike Jensen, Philly.com, "This weekly pickup game has been a Philly hoops staple since 1982," 28 June 2018 The Padres bullpen has held up remarkably well under a heavy workload. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres bullpen has shouldered load, now beginning to slump," 26 June 2018 Already China has held up regulatory approvals such as Qualcomm’s merger bid and has subjected American fruits and other imports to extra scrutiny. Don Lee, latimes.com, "Trump says trade wars are easy to win. But a trade war with China is different," 25 June 2018 When Holland again holds up his key as his form of proof, the officer can be seen in the video taking it out of Holland's hand. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "A video showing alleged racial profiling in Indianapolis went viral. This is the fallout.," 11 July 2018 Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images While the ’84 Summer Games are often held up as a model for frugal management, LA’s first time hosting, in 1932, offers a similarly compelling story. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Will LA’s ‘no-build’ Olympics spur Southern California’s next building boom?," 10 July 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has held up Streamline as a model, was the first attorney general to seriously challenge California’s position. NBC News, "California, long a holdout, adopts mass immigration hearings," 8 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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