take hostage

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take hostage

1. To hold someone captive and threaten violence to them in order to prevent another party (e.g. the police) from using force or in order to create leverage so that another party will agree to meet some demand. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "hostage." The bank robber took several people hostage in order to negotiate a means of escape with the police. The criminals have taken hostage the daughter of a prominent businesswoman.
2. To assume constraining, limiting control over something in order create leverage to achieve something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "hostage." The political party has taken the funding bill hostage so it can push through its controversial agenda. It just feels like the company is taking our job security hostage to make us work unreasonable hours.
See also: hostage, take

take someone hostage

to kidnap or seize someone to be a hostage. The terrorists planned to take the ambassador hostage. The entire family was taken hostage by the robber.
See also: hostage, take
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IT seems the life of Coronation Street cafe worker Shona Ramsey hangs on a knife edge as her killer son Clayton Hibbs takes her hostage.
However, he doesn't realise that Simon is waiting for Kim and takes her hostage, reasoning that if he can't have her, no one can.
For example, if a subject becomes violently angry over his wife leaving him for another man and, subsequently, takes her hostage to prevent her from moving out of their house, a negotiator could say to the subject, "It sounds like your relationship with your wife is very important to you." Values are typically associated with another person or allegiance to a concept.
Her saviour, a mysterious mechanic named Tass, comes to town, robs the bank and takes her hostage. From there, it's a road movie; a voyage of discovery as the unlikely couple finds true love and Nadine finds herself.