- a forcible stopping and robbing of a person.
- a stop or delay in the progress of something: There was a holdup in the construction of the bridge.
- an instance of being charged excessively.
Origin of holdup
1830–40, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase hold up
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Examples from the Web for holdup
In the meantime, he should just accept that the holdup has nothing to do with his politics.Conservative Curt Says His Politics, Not His Pitching, Kept Him Out of the Hall of Fame
January 9, 2015
As they fled the scene of their holdup, the terrified taxi driver took them to Place de la Nation in the eastern part of Paris.The Mad Shooter of Paris Is a ‘Natural Born Killer’
November 21, 2013
Vrondran says that the holdup apparently surrounds BP's approval of the $200 per day pay for the deckhands.BP's Windfall to the Rich
June 3, 2010
A holdup by all the people of all the people for all the people is Liberty.The Ghost in the White House
Gerald Stanley Lee
The two craft drew together, and for the rest it was like the other holdup.The Wreck of the Titan
The burglar and holdup man are high-minded gentlemen by comparison.
And there I had a job explaining that I wasn't a holdup myself.
I offered him the value he put on the ranch himself, not a holdup price.