The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #166522   Message #4069331
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
23-Aug-20 - 11:59 AM
Thread Name: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]
Subject: RE: MOAB - Mother of All BS [annex]

The word "holdup" makes perfect sense when describing the robbery of a stagecoach. If a stagecoach is moving from one place to another, its progress needs to be held up for a robbery to occur.

But why are bank robberies also called "holdups"? Banks don't move. They aren't going anywhere.