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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.
Injured parties may have an inclination to strike back if they are treated badly (even if this is costly), and if this is anticipated the problems because of holdup are mitigated.
Dudley, was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail at his arraignment yesterday in Central District Court on an armed robbery charge stemming from a holdup Friday night at the Digital Credit Union, 225 Shrewsbury St.
The actual aim of this general holdup is to maintain law and order situation in the capital and to curb the criminals' activities.
Police spokesman informed media persons that departmental action would be taken against those policemen who were found guilty to irritate innocent citizens under the umbrella of search operation and general holdup.
The police impounded 394 motorcycles during the holdup.
McDonough, "Flow Regimes and Gas Holdup in Paper Pulp-Water-Gas Three-Phase Slurry Flow," Chem.
CHAKWAL, August 06, 2010 (Frontier Star): City Police on special directives of District Police Officer Chakwal (DPO) Sabir Ahmed held general holdup in the city against criminals and arrested 13-culprit elements and also recovered drugs and illegal weapons from their custody.
A second employee was also on duty at the time of the second holdup.
The holdup was very similar to the two earlier robberies at the bank, Robbins said.