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  • hostage-taker — ˈhostage taker 7 [hostage taker hostage taking] noun a person, often one of a group, who captures sb and holds them prisoner, and who may injure or kill them if people do not do what the person is asking • The hostage takers soon issued their… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hostage-taking — ˈhostage taking ; noun uncountable • experience in handling hostage taking situations Main entry: ↑hostage takerderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hostage (novel) — Hostage is a 2001 thriller novel by Robert Crais, set in Bristo Bay, California, about a small town police chief named Jeff Talley with memories of a failed hostage situation, who must negotiate the same type of situation in his own town if he… …   Wikipedia

  • Hostage — A hostage is a person or entity which is held by a captor. The original definition meant that this was handed over by one of two belligerent parties to the other or seized as security for the carrying out of an agreement, or as a preventive… …   Wikipedia

  • hostage — An innocent person held captive by one who threatens to kill or harm him if his demands are not met. A person who is given into the possession of the enemy, in time of war, his freedom (or life) to stand as security for the performance of some… …   Black's law dictionary

  • hostage — An innocent person held captive by one who threatens to kill or harm him if his demands are not met. A person who is given into the possession of the enemy, in time of war, his freedom (or life) to stand as security for the performance of some… …   Black's law dictionary

  • hostage — /ˈhɒstɪdʒ / (say hostij) noun 1. a person given or held as a security for the performance of certain actions as the payment of ransom, etc. 2. Obsolete the condition of a hostage. 3. a security or pledge. –phrase 4. give a hostage to fortune, to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hostage taking — act of forcefully taking captives and using them as security until certain demands are met …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hostage — A person held as a pledge that certain terms or agreements will be kept. (The taking of hostages is forbidden under the Geneva Conventions, 1949.) …   Military dictionary

  • International response to the Beslan hostage crisis — Multinational bodies* |accessdate=2006 08 11] * – The UN Security Council in a Presidential Statement condemned the attack in the strongest terms and urged states actively to cooperate with the Russian authorities in efforts to bring the… …   Wikipedia

  • Manila hostage crisis — The bus where the hostages were held captive. Location Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines …   Wikipedia

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