holdup

[hohld-uhp]
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.

Origin:
1830–40, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase hold up

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holdup

noun
1. robbery at gunpoint [syn: armed robbery
2. the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time [syn: delay
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Example sentences
What seems to be the holdup for more widespread use of this system.
But there's more to the holdup than a bunch of big companies dragging their
  feet.
Holdup measurements are performed to determine the amount of nuclear material
  in containment.
The holdup in making the move is typically employment opportunities.
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