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English definition of “holdup”

holdup

noun [C]  /ˈhoʊldˌʌp/ us  

holdup noun [C] (DELAY)

a delay: A likely reason for the holdup is political pressure from the fish-farming industry.

holdup noun [C] (CRIME)

a crime in which a person or group demands money, using weapons and threats of violence: Robbers got away with $1000 in a holdup of the bank.
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