Meaning of HOLDUP in English

ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

( -s )

Etymology: hold up

1. : the act or process of holding something up: as

a. : a robbery at the point of a gun

b. : a delay or a stopping of something

a week's holdup in the completion of the plans

specifically : the delay or keeping back of a liquid during fractional distillation or reflex extraction with solvents or of a gas in fluidization

c. : the saving for later use of a card that could win the current trick in a bridge game

2. : an instance of extortion

3. : a place where livestock may be temporarily held on a range

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