Meaning of “holdup” in the English Dictionary

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"holdup" in American English

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holdupnoun [ C ]

us /ˈhoʊldˌʌp/

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.

(Definition of “holdup” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)