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You can clearly "braquer" a large hotel. Not too familiar with the usage apart from that.
"braquer une banque", "braquer une bijouterie"
it's when thiefs come in a bank with guns and aim these guns at the bank clerks or threaten the customers to got money.
Perhaps "hold up " in English then.
You can also say "a hold up".
"this is a hold up. don't anyone move." said in countless westerns.
We says "hold up" too in France, as a name. "Braquer" is the verb.
On pourrait dire et entendre courament :
Des voleurs ont braqué une banque, en rentrant ils ont crié "c'est un hold up, personne ne bouge".
Otherwise a "hold up"can also be an unexpected delay.