Hostage

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High StakesPlay
The word 'hostage' often indicates a high-risk situation where lives are in danger. SlideThe bank robbers took hostages to ensure their escape plan.
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Demand and ReleasePlay
'Hostage' implies that the captor has demands before releasing the captive. SlideThe hijacker will not release his hostages until his demands are satisfied.
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Emotionally ChargedPlay
Using 'hostage' can evoke strong emotions and a sense of urgency or danger. SlideThe news of the hostages gripped the nation in fear.