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English definition of “hold back”

hold back

phrasal verb with hold     /həʊld/ US  /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)
to not do something, often because of fear or because you do not want to make a bad situation worse: He held back, terrified of going into the dark room.Avoiding actionLaziness and lazy people
(Definition of hold back from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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