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



1. a robbery of a person at gunpoint.
2. a delay in the progress of something.
3. an instance of being charged excessively.
[1830–40, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.holdup - robbery at gunpointholdup - robbery at gunpoint      
robbery - larceny by threat of violence
2.holdup - the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
disruption, interruption, gap, break - an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"; "there was a gap in his account"
inactivity - being inactive; being less active
demurrage - detention of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure
forbearance - a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges; refraining from acting; "his forbearance to reply was alarming"
deferment, deferral, postponement - act of putting off to a future time
cunctation, procrastination, shillyshally - the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time
lag, slowdown, retardation - the act of slowing down or falling behind
dalliance, dawdling, trifling - the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working
filibuster - (law) a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches
lingering, tarriance - the act of tarrying


1. The condition or fact of being made late or slow:
2. The act or crime of taking another's property unlawfully and by force:
Slang: heist, stickup.


A. N
1. (= robbery) → atraco m (a mano armada), asalto m (a mano armada)
a bank clerk was injured in the holdupun empleado del banco resultó herido en el atraco or asalto
2. (= stoppage, delay) → demora f, retraso m
no-one explained the reason for the holdupnadie explicó el motivo de la demora or del retraso
3. (= traffic jam) → embotellamiento m, atasco m
a holdup on the motorwayun embotellamiento or atasco en la autopista
B. CPD holdup man Natracador m
References in classic literature ?
Ned stopped short, thinking he was to be the victim of a holdup, but his fears were allayed when he beheld one of the police force of Shopton confronting him.
Hinkydink" or "Bathhouse John," or others of that ilk, were proprietors of the most notorious dives in Chicago, and also the "gray wolves" of the city council, who gave away the streets of the city to the businessmen; and those who patronized their places were the gamblers and prize fighters who set the law at defiance, and the burglars and holdup men who kept the whole city in terror.
Wide open" gambling and debauchery made the city pleasing to "trade," but burglaries and holdups did not.
Dispersed phase holdup is an important design parameter affecting the column diameter and height, and also the overall mass transfer coefficients.
ISLAMABAD -- Islamabad police during general holdup impounded two vehicles, 22 motorcycles in different police stations while tinted glasses were removed from twelve vehicles, a spokesman said on Friday.
ISLAMABAD -- Islamabad police during general holdup shifted 31 vehicles including 21 motorcycles in different police stations while tinted glasses were removed from 10 vehicles, a spokesman said on Friday.
More than P10,000 worth of valuables were taken from Janela Angeli Panopio when the driver of a cab she had boarded pointed a gun at her and declared a holdup on Barcelona Street corner V.
was charged yesterday with armed robbery in the Monday holdup in which police say he threatened a bank teller with a hypodermic needle.
Fibre type and mass fraction have significant effects on gas holdup in gas-liquid-fibre bubble columns.
ISLAMABAD -- Islamabad police during general holdup shifted 02 vehicles, 18 motorcycles in different police stations while 03 tinted glasses were removed from the vehicles, a spokesman said on Sunday.