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hostage

noun bond, captive, collateral, guarantee, internee, obses, pledge, political prisoner, prisoner, real security, security
Associated concepts: false imprisonment, kidnapping, ransom

HOSTAGE. A person delivered into the possession of a public enemy in the time of war, as a security for the performance of a contract entered into between the belligerents.
     2. Hostages are frequently given as a security for the payment of a ransom bill, and if they should die, their death would not discharge the contract. 3 Burr. 1734; 1 Kent, Com. 106; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.

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Police were able to enter the building after one of the hostages opened the door for them, Kharkiv regional prosecutor Yuriy Danylchenko told reporters.
While (Sumalpong) was helping the wounded hostage, I saw that there were more hostages inside the building.
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He was angry and he wanted to kill hostages," Paxton said of the gunman, who initially took three bank employees hostage but released one woman after several hours.
These agencies generally establish a mission command cell that is capable of coordinating and controlling the entire operation, establishing procedures, implementing courses of action, anticipating hazards and pitfalls, and executing the mission, Hostage negotiations play a vital role in the successful resolution of situations that are a primary function of CID, but those negotiations are often handicapped by a lack of contact with the subject/suspect.