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holdup

[hohld-uhp] /ˈhoʊldˌʌp/
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 of holdup
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase hold up
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holdup

modifier

: the full-fledged hold-up business

noun

  1. A robbery, esp the armed robbery of a person, bank, store, etc; stickup: Give us no nonsense. This is a holdup (1851+)
  2. The demanding of exorbitant prices, wages, etc: That was no sale, it was a holdup
  3. A delay; stoppage; cause of delay: a brief holdup in our magnificent progress/ What's the holdup? (1843+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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