holdup

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holdup

1. A robbery, especially one in which the robber is armed. Did they ever catch who was behind the hold-up at the gas station?
2. A delay. What's the hold-up with that order? Is something out of stock?

hold-up play

1. In soccer, a maneuver in which one offensive player maintains possession of the ball so that other offensive players can move up the field. The striker's gonna run a hold-up play while the other attackers move up into the offensive zone.
2. In bridge, a strategy by which one does not win a trick in order to ultimately disrupt their opponents' play. I knew I needed to neutralize their lead, so I did a hold-up play with my ace and let them win the first two tricks.
See also: play
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