• WordNet 3.6
    • n holdup robbery at gunpoint
    • n holdup the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
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In literature:

Great place for holdups, that!
"Jean of the Lazy A" by B. M. Bower
He called up the details of the holdup and carefully revolved them in mind.
"The Lone Star Ranger" by Zane Grey
It was the Mexican revolution that had revived wild times, with all the attendant raids and holdups and gun-packing.
"The Light of Western Stars" by Zane Grey
A sort of up-to-date game of holdup!
"The Adventures of Jimmie Dale" by Frank L. Packard
By the neckerchief drawn across his face it was a straight case of holdup.
"Cow-Country" by B. M. Bower
Holdups, you know, pass up checks.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
But, as John Sedgwick had told Young Wild West, the miners no longer took the short cut, since so many holdups had occurred in the pass.
"Young Wild West at "Forbidden Pass"" by An Old Scout
No holdup men out here, anyway.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
In a single night there were a score of robberies, holdups, burglaries and bandit raids.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
Its occupants bewailed their losses, vowed vengeance on both holdups and railway.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm

In poetry:

Jim held up a bank, singlehanded,
Of the holdup they soon got the news,
He was shot in two places, when down came his braces,
He'd to hold up his how-do-you-does.
"A Tale Of The Rockies" by Billy Bennett

In news:

Bank has 2nd holdup in 2 months.
Man, 33, arrested in store holdup .
Second robbery suspect arrested in Citgo holdup .
Pottstown teen shoots self in foot after holdup .
Suspects caught in Eastpointe holdup .
Oak Park police caught two armed robbery suspects linked to a Thanksgiving Day holdup in Royal Oak and one a few hours earlier in Eastpointe.
Suspects caught in Thanksgiving Day holdup in Royal Oak.
Man killed in violent Columbia bank holdup identified.
Hoover police charge Birmingham man in holdup .
Hoover police have charged a man in connection with a holdup in that city earlier this week.
Naperville man gets 15 years for holdup .
Gas station holdup ends in 2 arrests.
A West Reading woman was charged Monday in the Sept 12 holdup of the Family Dollar store at 433 W Douglass St in Reading, in which the suspect was described as a woman wearing a pajama top.
Stanwood bank holdup could be tied to other heists.
After holdup , alleged robber boards bus with victim.

In science:

Despite the early ho ur, the Director’s intervention meant that all of the resources of the Center were available to us and without (most of) the usual bureaucratic holdups that occur when one wants to do something quickly.
The Making of the Chandra X-ray Observatory: the Project Scientist's Perspective