One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I ran into a hold-up and nearly didn't get here’
delay, setback, hitch, snag, difficulty, problem, issue, trouble, wait, waiting period, stoppage
traffic jam, jam, bottleneck, tailback, gridlock, congestion
informal snarl-up, glitch, hiccup
2‘there has been another bank hold-up’
robbery, raid, armed robbery, armed raid, theft, burglary, mugging
informal stick-up, snatch
North American informal heist
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