Definition of holdup in English:


Syllabification: hold·up
Pronunciation: /ˈhōldˌəp


  • 2A robbery conducted with the use of threats or violence: three dead in armored car holdup
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    • She said a ‘real spate’ of armed hold-ups, burglaries and car thefts had left the local community feeling scared and vulnerable.
    • In this exploration of armed hold-ups, convicted armed robbers speak candidly about how they conduct their crimes and about the terror that they deliberately create.
    • Many burglaries, hold-ups and car thefts are also never properly investigated.
    robbery, raid, armed robbery, armed raid; theft, burglary, mugging
    informal stickup, heist

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