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hold-up

noun uk   /ˈhəʊld.ʌp/ us    /ˈhoʊld-/

hold-up noun (DELAY)

[C] informal a delay: Come on, let's go. What's the hold-up?

hold-up noun (CRIME)

[C] an occasion when someone steals from someone else using violence or the threat of violence: In the hold-up, a masked youth threatened the bank staff with a gun.

hold-up noun (CLOTHING)

hold-ups [plural] UK stockings (= light coverings for the legs and feet) that hold themselves up by a piece of sticky material or elastic at the top
(Definition of hold-up noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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