Examples of hostage in a Sentence
The terrorists demanded a plane and a pilot in exchange for the hostages.
The hostage crisis is now entering its second week.
The passengers were taken hostage.
They were held hostage for several days.
Recent Examples of hostage from the Web
The bank manager Merriweather took as a hostage escaped when Merriweather fell, allowing sheriff's deputies to shoot and wound Merriweather.
The three comrades, ignoring government authorities, take matters into their own hands to attempt to subdue the terrorists and rescue a female hostage.
The court’s spokeswoman, Natalya Osipova, said the assailants took the two guards hostage but were quickly engaged by the courthouse’s security.
Throw the motive of private profit into the mix, and the basic civic responsibility of local criminal justice becomes hostage to stockholders all over the world.
Notably, Euron Greyjoy and his men seized Yara’s fleet of ships and took the rightful queen of the Iron Islands hostage in an abrupt, intense battle sequence.
All of this has been lavishly funded by money from sanctions relief, unfrozen assets, and $400 million surreptitiously delivered to Iran in January 2016 in exchange for five American hostages.
Many of us feel like hostages to a society that seemingly cares more about gun rights than punishing those who kill unarmed or legally armed people of color.
R Kelly has been holding women hostage against their will, according to an explosive article by Buzzfeed published Monday.
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Origin and Etymology of hostage
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of hostage for English Language Learners
: a person who is captured by someone who demands that certain things be done before the captured person is freed
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