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English definition of “hold sb/sth back”

hold sb/sth back

(STOP MOVEMENT) phrasal verb with hold     /həʊld/ US  /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)
C1 If you hold someone or something back, you stop him, her, or it from coming or moving forward : Sandbags will hold the flood waters back for a while.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
(Definition of hold sb/sth back (STOP MOVEMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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