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holdup

[hohld-uhp]
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noun
  1. a forcible stopping and robbing of a person.
  2. a stop or delay in the progress of something: There was a holdup in the construction of the bridge.
  3. an instance of being charged excessively.
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Origin of holdup

1830–40, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase hold up
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Related Words for holdup

stoppage, snag, burglary, theft, robbery, mugging, obstruction, setback, hitch, delay, difficulty, gridlock, trouble, bottleneck, wait, stickup, crime

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