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

The holdup happened in the Trinity Commons parking lot about 9:45 p.m. Thursday, according to the email. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Hartford police investigate armed carjacking at Trinity," 13 Sep. 2019 Officials fear that if there is a disorderly withdrawal from Europe, the holdups from the trucks could snarl traffic across northern France. Washington Post, "These 5 countries are busy prepping for a post-Brexit world," 6 Sep. 2019 The signing bonus is the holdup in getting the defensive lineman’s signature on the Jets’ contract, the New York Post and ESPN reported. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Jets open training camp without first-round pick Quinnen Williams," 24 July 2019 There are holdups in every agency that manages immigration, including a backlog of more than 700,000 immigration cases. Elliot Spagat, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump could have tough time meeting his deportation threat," 18 June 2019 The first Alabama holdup happened just before 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Wells Fargo Bank at 301 Summit Boulevard. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Accused serial bank robber sought in 3 states charged in Homewood holdup, jailed in Montgomery," 23 Aug. 2019 In the world of aircraft carriers, delays and holdups are simply part of doing business. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's Troubled Aircraft Carrier Proves Why It's So Hard To Build Them," 14 Aug. 2019 The robbery and attempted holdup remain under investigation, police said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Police: Nervous robber arrested after he rides away from bungled holdup in Manchester and robs another bank," 5 Aug. 2019 This resulted in a multiple-meeting, clarification holdup of 21 minutes, during which exactly one pitch was thrown. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "The Red Sox and Yankees are killing baseball, minute by interminable minute," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While services firms and employment have held up relatively well, industrial firms have seen activity slump amid uncertainty about global trade. Washington Post, "European Central Bank deploys new stimulus to help economy," 13 Sep. 2019 The video also shows pepper spray being shot through an open door at a group seated on the floor while one man holds up his hands. Ken Moritsugu, Fox News, "Hong Kong police storm subway with batons as protests rage," 1 Sep. 2019 So far, consumers have held up their side of the bargain, though a recent University of Michigan survey showed that sentiment declined in early August. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "US manufacturing looks weak. That's a problem," 22 Aug. 2019 Last year's lawsuit over the equity language and the commerce department's action has held up construction at Harvest's Lawrence County grow site and prevented its from receiving a license to process marijuana. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Medical marijuana company misled Ohio about ownership, state regulators say in document," 31 July 2019 But Trump has held up the implementation of sanctions after coming under pressure from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to four people familiar with a conversation between the two leaders during a meeting last month in Japan. NBC News, "Trump asks GOP Senators for 'flexibility' on Turkey sanctions," 24 July 2019 What hasn’t held up well — or didn’t for a long time — is Howard’s reputation. John J. Miller, National Review, "The Fantastic Robert E. Howard," 11 July 2019 For most of the season, Louisville’s bullpen has held up to finish most of the performances its starters have put together. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "As the College World Series nears, Louisville baseball has confidence in its bullpen," 15 June 2019 Over the last 25 years, though, the land hasn't held up. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "Avon farmers: 'Our land is no good for farming. We want development.'," 10 June 2019

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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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