from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An interruption or a delay.
  • noun An armed robbery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a robbery, usually at gunpoint.
  • noun a delay.
  • noun highway robbery{2}.
  • transitive verb To rob, usually at gunpoint or knifepoint.
  • transitive verb To delay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of hold-up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun robbery at gunpoint
  • noun the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
  • verb cause to be slowed down or delayed
  • verb rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat
  • verb hold up something as an example; hold up one's achievements for admiration
  • verb resist or confront with resistance
  • verb continue to live through hardship or adversity
  • verb resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc.
  • verb be the physical support of; carry the weight of


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