Definition of hold-up noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

hold-up

noun
 
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1 a situation in which something is prevented from happening for a short time
Synonym
delay
What's the hold-up?We should finish by tonight, barring hold-ups. (British English) Sorry I'm late. There was a hold-up on the motorway.
2 (also stick-up especially in North American English) an act of stealing from a bank, etc. using a guna hold-up at the local supermarket
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