Definition of stick-up in English:



  • An armed robbery in which a gun is used to threaten people.

    ‘I had strolled into a genuine stick-up’
    • ‘It would bring me back to my criminal roots and culminate my career; it would remind me how I climbed from muggings to stick-ups to hold-ups to armed robbery to the grandest of larceny.’
    • ‘In Pulp Fiction, Tarantino snapped his various episodes into alignment with the framing device of the restaurant stick-up, in which violence was averted and at least one character found redemption.’
    • ‘And you've got to look to see if there are other individuals that partook of some parts of the crime spree itself- you know, maybe armed stick-ups.’
    • ‘He walks up to a teller and announces a stick-up.’
    • ‘Ironically, banks probably lose more money to inside jobs than over the counter stick-ups.’
    • ‘Together this Bonnie and Clyde of the Valley held up gas stations and liquor stores, stick-ups that got him a jail sentence and Sill nine months in a girls' reform school where she learnt to play the church organ.’
    • ‘He stormed in brandishing his weapon and bellowed at staff and customers, including a rather shocked police officer, that a stick-up was under way.’
    • ‘But something tells me that the federal sentencing standards are tougher on Post Office robberies than supermarket stick-ups.’
    • ‘He got away clean in many of his other stick-ups.’
    • ‘The opening shot, a stunning long take from a fixed camera, dispassionately observes the fumbling stick-up of a jewelry store.’
    • ‘Their slapstick stick-ups keep escalating till they realize that all of Dick's former co-workers have also turned to a similar life of crime.’
    • ‘All right, people, stay on the ground… this is a stick-up.’
    burglary, theft, thievery, stealing, breaking and entering, housebreaking, larceny, shoplifting, pilfering, filching, embezzlement, misappropriation, swindling, fraud
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