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.
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How to use holdup in a sentence
It’s possible that supply chain holdups are forcing factories and construction sites to slow down or even shut down for awhile.It’s not a ‘labor shortage.’ It’s a great reassessment of work in America | Heather Long | May 7, 2021 | Washington Post
The holdup is more likely to be the manufacturing and distribution of the retooled vaccines, Offit said.Coronavirus mutations add urgency to vaccination effort as experts warn of long battle ahead | Joel Achenbach, Ariana Eunjung Cha | January 30, 2021 | Washington Post
As Edward notes, there were holdups for Pfizer and Moderna on the manufacturing side, but they were not insurmountable — more like the kind of problems you face when you try to do something groundbreaking on a massive scale.
It’s increasingly looking as though Senate Republicans are the holdup to a coronavirus stimulus bill before the election.Why Senate Republicans would rather approve a Supreme Court nominee than coronavirus stimulus | Amber Phillips | October 21, 2020 | Washington Post
Barring any holdups, Brazilian authorities said on Monday that they will aim to approve CoronaVac before the end of 2020 and begin distributing the vaccine to the public by the start of next year.World’s vaccine testing ground deems Chinese COVID candidate ‘the safest, most promising’ | Grady McGregor | October 20, 2020 | Fortune
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 | Ben Jacobs | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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’ | Christopher Dickey | November 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jacobs sites sample production delays as the culprit for his unforeseen holdup.Anne Hathaway’s Lanvin Fitting, Marc Jacobs Delays Fashion Show | The Fashion Beast Team | February 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Vrondran says that the holdup apparently surrounds BP's approval of the $200 per day pay for the deckhands.
Next morning at daylight they found the body of Checkers lying beside the fatal red car not far from the scene of the holdup.Ted Strong's Motor Car | Edward C. Taylor
According to her the police stood in with Bulldog Carney on a train holdup, and made this poor innocent lamb the goat.Bulldog Carney | W. A. Fraser
"If I land there you can ask for a damfool—and I'll answer the first time," laughed the holdup over his shoulder.Desert Conquest | A. M. Chisholm
A car of the same make, model and color was stolen from Annapolis, Maryland, a short time prior to the holdup.Code Three | Rick Raphael
That's Jake Betts, holdup and bad man, that's been callin' himself Dade around here.Desert Conquest | A. M. Chisholm
British Dictionary definitions for hold-up
a robbery, esp an armed one
a delay; stoppage
US an excessive charge; extortion
(usually plural) a stocking that is held up by an elasticated top without suspenders
(tr) to delay; hinder: we were held up by traffic
(tr) to keep from falling; support
(tr) to stop forcibly or waylay in order to rob, esp using a weapon
(tr) to exhibit or present: he held up his achievements for our admiration
(intr) to survive or last: how are your shoes holding up?
bridge to refrain from playing a high card, so delaying the establishment of (a suit)
hold up one's hands to confess a mistake or misdeed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with holdup
Offer or present as an example, as in The teacher held Bernie's essay up as a model for the class to follow. [c. 1600]
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