Meaning of “hold back (something)” in the English Dictionary


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hold back (something)

phrasal verb with hold us /hoʊld/ verb past tense and past participle held /held/

to stop something from happening or advancing, or to keep someone from doing something:

She held back from interfering in their arguments.
Sandbags will hold back the flood waters for a while.
He admitted that something had gone wrong, but he held back the details (= stopped himself from telling the complete truth).

(Definition of “hold back (something)” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)