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

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

In both of the holdups that occurred on Jan. 2, police said, two suspects were arrested by responding officers. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Teenager charged in robberies at four businesses in DC, police say," 24 Jan. 2018 Another potential holdup: At this fraught political moment for Big Tech, buying an asset like Discord could suddenly put the owner’s brand in jeopardy. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Who could buy Discord? Acquirers have been giving the gaming startup a long look.," 21 Nov. 2018 If the holdup is by the heater core, then that’s one reason why hot air isn’t blowing. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "How To Fix Your Car's Heater," 6 Sep. 2018 The last holdup right now is to bring the pipeline ashore in Italy. Fox News, "Rep. Ed Royce on US relations with Russia, Turkey and Iran; Rep. Devin Nunes on Bruce Ohr and the push to declassify DOJ documents," 12 Aug. 2018 The biggest holdup to direct action on climate is showing that preventing these changes would be cheaper than enduring them (after factoring in scientific uncertainty). Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Climate Change Is Affordable," 27 Nov. 2018 Deputies were dispatched to the Forestdale Boulevard store on a report of a holdup. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "2 ex-cons arrested after botched theft, assault at Family Dollar," 30 Jan. 2018 While both chambers have already approved their own takes on the bill, the main holdup continues to be disagreements between the House and the Senate over just how strong to make certain provisions. Li Zhou, Vox, "Congress seemed determined to tackle its sexual harassment problem. But, the bill is still stalled.," 6 Dec. 2018 Michael Ingram, 30, formerly of Dalewood Parkway in Woodridge, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Liam Brennan for his role in the Oct. 2, 2014, holdup of a gas station on Ogden Avenue in Westmont. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, "Woodridge man gets 23 years in prison for armed robbery of Westmont gas station," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When temperatures drop below freezing, homes struggle to hold up in a number of ways. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Buying Exterior Doors," 19 Feb. 2019 Using your forearms to hold up your torso, move your arms so that the roller rolls from the side of your knee to the side of your hip. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why This Holiday Break Is a Perfect Time to Start Foam-Rolling," 28 Dec. 2018 Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, and Laura Dern—holding up signs as if in a police lineup during (presumably) the same night of Perry's death. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Watch the 'Big Little Lies' Season 2 Trailer That Premiered During the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 The house, which was considered a radical vision of family living at the time, holds up as a timeless piece of architecture that’s now closer to Breuer’s original vision. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Marcel Breuer’s 1950 Lauck House restored to its original glory," 21 Dec. 2018 The second point holding up negotiations was providing legal counsel to those who come forward with claims. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Members of Congress Can Pay Sexual Harassment Settlements With Taxpayer Dollars, but That Could Change," 13 Dec. 2018 Finally, Microsoft tooted its own horn, holding up the Surface Go as an example of on-the-go computing. The build cycle for the October 2018 Update, also known as Redstone 5, is wrapping up. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The next Windows 10 has a name and a date: the October 2018 Update, due this fall," 31 Aug. 2018 Another looming pressure: If a funding fix isn’t found by February, some 50,000 Coast Guard retirees could see their pensions held up—more than doubling the number of people affected. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Coast Guard Members Are Caught in Shutdown," 16 Jan. 2019 But the new evidence suggests that the main conclusion of the experiment — the one that has been republished in psychology textbooks for years — doesn’t necessarily hold up. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 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 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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