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



    BrE BrE//ˈhəʊld ʌp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhoʊld ʌp//
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  1. 1a 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. 2(also stick-up especially in North American English) an act of stealing from a bank, etc. using a gun a hold-up at the local supermarket
  3. 3hold-ups [plural] (British English) stockings that are kept up by having a band of material that can stretch at the top