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English definition of “holdup”

holdup

noun [C] (CRIME)    /ˈhəʊld.ʌp/ US  /ˈhoʊld-/
an occasion when someone steals from someone else using violence or the threat of violence : In the holdup, a masked youth threatened the bank staff with a gun .Stealing
(Definition of holdup noun (CRIME) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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