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>
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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