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
held up; holding up; holds up

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

Police ask that anyone with information about the holdup call the Covington Police Department at 985-892-8500 or contact Detective Bart Ownby at 985-867-6225. Robert Rhoden, nola.com, "2 masked men rob convenience store in Covington: video," 7 June 2019 The holdup had been in the Senate over Trump’s refusal to consider additional money to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria, which killed an estimated 3,000 people in 2017. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "House sends long-stalled California wildfire relief to Trump," 3 June 2019 The holdup over the bill was primarily over the amount of money going to Puerto Rico, which gets more than $900 million in this bill, and whether to allocate money to process migrants at the Mexico border. Kate Irby, sacbee, "Wildfire relief bill on its way to President Trump’s desk despite Republican ‘no’ votes," 3 June 2019 This is one way of saying the final holdup may be the Trump administration’s apparent reluctance to step on the toes of long-serving government officials who regard global positioning as their baby and see no reason to accommodate a newcomer. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Is Airwave Nimbyism Holding Back 5G?," 7 Dec. 2018 Authorities ask that anyone with information about the holdup call the Covington Police Department at 985-892-8500 or CrimeStoppers at 504-822-1111. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "Covington police seek gunman who robbed Walgreens," 8 Mar. 2018 In each of those two robberies, police said in a statement Tuesday, two robbers had fled the holdup scene in a car driven by a third person. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Teenager charged in robberies at four businesses in DC, police say," 24 Jan. 2018 That understanding, shared widely by economists and policy makers, saw the automobile industry as the cause of the slowdown, with holdups in certifying model types for compliance with new emission standards holding back output. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Eurozone Economy Grew More Slowly Than Previously Estimated," 7 Dec. 2018 Barnett was a 25-year-old who was identified as a robbery suspect moments after a Taco Bell holdup in 1990. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Aaron Bailey family receives $650,000 settlement from Indianapolis," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This seems to hold up even in populations like the elderly, which some researchers have hypothesized might benefit from negative polarity. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Do You Really Need Dark Mode?," 8 June 2019 Designed to hold up to 15 pounds, the BedShelfie offers added space and clamps right onto a bed frame, while a reading pillow like this one from Linenspa can make staying up to read and study a less stressful experience. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 20 best high school graduation gifts of 2019," 7 June 2019 America’s Test Kitchen also found that cast-iron grill pans boasted taller, more distinct ridges, because nonstick aluminum pans aren’t strong enough to hold up to being stamped into more dramatic peaks and valleys. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to use a grill pan, inside or outdoors," 7 June 2019 More Spirits Science Enough of those byproducts are left over after distillation that the spirit holds up to exposure from the oak and sherry better than a totally neutral spirit would, says Jeffrey. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Celebrate World Cocktail Day with a Surprising Spin on the Boulevardier," 13 May 2019 Enter: Troy’s latest seven-piece Rebar Capsule Collection—a place where hot pink, snake-like rebar legs hold up a modern coffee table; where a contemporary double-sided mirror is framed by neon green rebar and grounded by an exotic wood base. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Bold and Sculptural New Furniture Collection Inspired by the Basics," 26 Feb. 2019 Two controversial parts of the draft bill held up negotiations. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "European Union Agrees to New Copyright Law," 13 Feb. 2019 Being on the world stage as an openly transgender woman in a role that’s traditionally been held up as the the ultimate embodiment of womanhood is damn impressive (and overdue). Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Miss Universe Is Making History with the Pageant's First Openly Trans Contestant," 15 Dec. 2018 The piece noted that organizers from Freedom From Facebook held up signs during a congressional hearing that showed Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg as an octopus encircling the globe. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Facebook critics file FTC complaint over breach of 30 million accounts," 15 Nov. 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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