hostage crisis

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hostage crisis

: a situation in which someone is holding people as hostages

Word by Word Definitions

hostage play
  1. : a person held by one party in a conflict as a pledge pending the fulfillment of an agreement

  2. : a person taken by force to secure the taker's demands

  3. : one that is involuntarily controlled by an outside influence

crisis play
  1. : the turning point for better or worse in an acute disease or fever

  2. : a paroxysmal attack of pain, distress, or disordered function

  3. : an emotionally significant event or radical change of status in a person's life


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