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hold back

phrasal verb with hold uk   /həʊld/  us   /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)
(Definition of hold back from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hold back

phrasal verb with hold uk   us   /həʊld/ verb (held, held)
[I] to not speak or ​state an ​opinion: I ​held back during the ​meeting because I knew that my ​opinions were too controversial.
(Definition of hold back from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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