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And that's how the Padova family fell into playing the hold-up game.

I'm here to tell you that I've got evidence to prove that Ford was a rustler an' a hold-up.

The hold-up is severe, usually, and becomes in itself a thing to be managed.

"We left him back there talking with one of the hold-up men," replied George.

The hold-up had been real after all,—instead of a planned, joking affair.

A place better adapted for a hold-up could hardly be devised.

“We—we used to—to play at hold-up when he was a boy,” she gasped.

The only point was to find out where the hold-up left the lateral.

Evidently, the thieves had managed to communicate with a confederate, and this was a hold-up.

Nor did they know on what night he had planned to pull off the hold-up.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English haldan (Anglian), healdan (West Saxon), "to contain, grasp; retain; foster, cherish," class VII strong verb (past tense heold, past participle healden), from Proto-Germanic *haldanan (cf. Old Saxon haldan, Old Frisian halda, Old Norse halda, Dutch houden, German halten "to hold," Gothic haldan "to tend"), originally "to keep, tend, watch over" (as cattle), later "to have." Ancestral sense is preserved in behold. The original past participle holden was replaced by held beginning 16c., but survives in some legal jargon and in beholden.

Hold back is 1530s, transitive; 1570s, intransitive; hold off is early 15c., transitive; c.1600, intransitive; hold out is 1520s as "to stretch forth," 1580s as "to resist pressure." Hold on is early 13c. as "to maintain one’s course," 1830 as "to keep one’s grip on something," 1846 as an order to wait or stop. To hold (one's) tongue "be silent" is from c.1300. To hold (one's) own is from early 14c. To hold (someone's) hand "give moral support" is from 1935. Phrase hold your horses "be patient" is from 1844. To have and to hold have been paired alliteratively since at least c.1200, originally of marriage but also of real estate.

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