from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An interruption or a delay: What's the holdup? We're in a hurry.
  • n. An armed robbery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of hold-up.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a robbery, usually at gunpoint.
  • n. a delay.
  • n. highway robbery{2}.
  • intransitive v. wait; stop; forbear.
  • transitive v. To rob, usually at gunpoint or knifepoint.
  • transitive v. To delay.

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

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


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