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English definition of “hold back”

hold back

verb uk phrasal verb with hold   /həʊld/ us    /hoʊld/ (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
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