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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Scott's arrest comes more than a month after his alleged accomplice in many of the robberies, 19-year-old Ernest Thomas, was shot by a customer during an April 19 holdup at a Waffle House on Elysian Fields Avenue. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "2nd man arrested in string of robberies at New Orleans restaurants," 23 May 2018 Subway worker hit in head during armed holdup; suspects sought Authorities are asking for the public's help identifying two gunmen who robbed a Midfield restaurant. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "Firefighters battle 3-alarm fire at downtown Birmingham's Parkside Apartments," 17 Jan. 2018 Anyone with information about the robber or holdup is asked to call Trooper O’Connell at the Troop F barracks in Westbrook, 860-399-2100. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "State Police: Robber Sought After Knifepoint Holdup In Durham," 8 Jan. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

People and things held up as the source of artists' inspiration range from Marcel Duchamp's urinal and the Impressionists' ballerinas to performance artist Leigh Bowery as painted by Lucian Freud. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018 With every strikeout and ground ball, many of which shortstop Craig Wiley gobbled up, came more belief that the two-out RBI single from Matt Flynn all the way back in the first inning would hold up. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Howard baseball shocks Severna Park with seventh-inning rally to win first state championship," 25 May 2018 Heavy folds fell over her legs, which look jammed in, like pillars holding up a bulbous building. Jason Florio, Smithsonian, "The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound Rhinos," 22 May 2018 During another, also in February, police observed a group of people leave the bar holding up someone so intoxicated that they were later taken to an area hospital, according to reports. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Bikini Bottom Bar facing 10 liquor code violations since 2017, West Dundee officials say," 8 May 2018 And a final decision might be held up until the money is actually in the state treasury. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Republic | azcentral.com, "What if Arizona received $60 million but couldn't spend it? That might happen," 3 May 2018 The Senate Leadership Fund ad says Bredesen holds up to $1 million in Johnson & Johnson stock, and the company and its subsidiaries have faced lawsuits over its opioids. Jonathan Mattise, The Seattle Times, "Ex-DEA official says Blackburn had warning on opioid law," 26 Oct. 2018 Right now, the PlasticRoad is still in the testing phase to see how the material holds up over extended use. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "The Netherlands is testing a bike lane made from recycled plastic," 24 Sep. 2018 In 2011, Sarah Zielinski at Smithsonian.com reported that chemists were looking into how the 100-year-old paint was holding up. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "X-Rays Show That Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Will One Day Wilt," 1 June 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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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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