Definition of hostage-taking in English:

hostage-taking

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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
More example sentences
  • They hope the death penalty will halt a wave of murder, rape and hostage-taking.
  • Andrew Flynn directs with flair and sensitivity, in a convincing insight into the horrors of hostage-taking.
  • The hostage-taking bears the hallmarks of the separatists, although their main leaders deny involvement.

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