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
McClure was charged with common law robbery in connection with the holdup of a BB&T branch on Sardis Road North at 4 p.m. Monday.
The holdup so far has been over cuts to mandatory spending, such as welfare and food stamps, which conservatives want to fast-track by linking to tax reform.
Anyone with information about the holdup or the possible witness is asked by police to call Detective Nick Knight at 985-646-4351 or email@example.com.
DeVos blamed the holdup on the cost to taxpayers purportedly taking the hit for the institutional fraud.
The holdup occurred about 4:15 p.m. Thursday when a man wearing a black mask and armed with a handgun walked into the bank.
Police on Thursday released photographs from store surveillance videos of the suspect in the Hurst and Fort Worth holdups.
ESPN FC later reported that the deal was unlikely, with the main holdup being salary demands and a large transfer fee, since his current deal with Bayer Leverkusen runs through summer 2018.
The holdup occurred Saturday at 9:23 a.m. when the man confronted a cashier in the store in the 6200 block of Elysian Fields Avenue.
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First Known Use of holdup
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Definition of holdup for English Language Learners
: a usually brief delay
: a robbery that is done using a gun
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Legal Definition of holdup
: an attempted or completed robbery carried out with the use of force and especially at gunpoint
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