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hold-up

  
     ( hold-ups    plural  )
1       n-count   A hold-up is a situation in which someone is threatened with a weapon in order to make them hand over money or valuables.  
2       n-count   A hold-up is something which causes a delay.  
3       n-count   A hold-up is the stopping or very slow movement of traffic, sometimes caused by an accident which happened earlier.  
They arrived late due to a motorway hold-up.     
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hold-up

  
1    bottleneck, delay, difficulty, hitch, obstruction, setback, snag, stoppage, traffic jam, trouble, wait  
2    burglary, mugging     (informal)   robbery, steaming     (informal)   stick-up     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   theft  

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