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  • n. Plural form of hold-up.
  • n. Women's stockings designed to be worn without suspenders.


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  • Rather than being frustrated by the vagaries of the weather and the long hold-ups I reverted to past habits and borrowed guitars to play in come-all-ye sessions or added my tales – looking around to find a shark as long as the kayak following me when off the Mayo coast, being caught in a gale and dragged out to sea in Dundalk Bay – to the stories told along counters over slowly sipped pints.

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  • Despite the hold-ups, several negotiators expressed optimism that progress was being made on the longer term finance issue, which should see wealthy nations channelling $100bn (£63bn) per year into climate funds by 2020.

    Rich nations 'slow to start climate aid flow'

  • Industry participants have reported a particularly high build-up of scrap in the ports of the Guangdong province, where the inspection and classification of scrap under the new rules appears to be causing hold-ups.

    New Rules Slow China's Scrap-Copper Imports

  • The hold-ups to opening his third area restaurant are mostly minor: an unfinished wine room, some lighting issues and a weak hood in that open kitchen.

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  • Whether they're built in Thailand, China, India or Mexico, the same components are used in all locations, which means supply chain hold-ups in one region can be overcome by shipping parts from another.

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  • However, both men seem pretty dedicated to bringing the film to fruition, so, despite all the hold-ups, I imagine this one will get off the ground sooner or later.

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  • Lastly, you'll need a pair of sheer or opaque tights or hold-ups, depending on your preference.

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  • FOR NOW - After weeks of hold-ups, the Senate finally ended the filibuster of the long-awaited unemployment aide package 60-40, only hours after lawyer/Oakley sunglasses model Carte Goodwin was sworn in as West Virginia's newest senator.


  • Notable thefts in today's news include gym memberships sold spuriously on Craigslist and a string of newsstand hold-ups.

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  • The company said hold-ups in deliveries from south-east Asia, where many of its bikes are made, also contributed to a like-for-like sales decline of 2.1% in the 13 weeks to 2 July.

    Halfords blames sales slowdown on bad weather and wary consumers


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