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  • n  robbery at gunpoint
  • n  the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time

  • At first the holdup in a suburban Boston bank seemed commonplace enough.
  • In 1981 two policemen and a security guard were killed in the botched holdup of a Brinks truck.
  • Although she was convicted last year of stabbing a 71-year-old woman motel keeper to death with a screwdriver during a holdup, Foster now says, "I couldn't have done it.
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  • Joseph Kasavubu in Salon
    It's like a holdup! We reject this cheating,said Justine Kasavubu, spokeswoman for Bemba's coalition.
  • Mike Flanagan in SI.com
    We haven't quite finalized that. There have been discussions along that line, but so far that part of it hasn't been a holdup either,Flanagan said. "We're just working our way through some of the contract language."
  • Jay Buhner in MLB.com
    I think it probably comes down to how much playing time Junior wants, and how much playing time they think they can give him,Buhner said. "Both sides have to sit down and talk that over. I think that would be the only holdup, really."

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