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hostage-taking Line breaks: hostage-taking

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Definition of hostage-taking in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The act of seizing or holding a person as security for the fulfilment of a condition: with the recent escalation of hostilities comes the tactic of hostage-taking [count noun]: sabotage and hostage-takings by community activists

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