hold sb/sth back Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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hold sb/sth back

phrasal verb with hold uk   /həʊld/  us   /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)

hold sb/sth back (STOP DEVELOPMENT)

C2 to ​stop someone or something ​developing or doing as well as they should: She ​felt that having ​children would ​hold her back.

hold sb/sth back (STOP MOVEMENT)

C1 If you ​hold someone or something back, you ​stop him, her, or it from coming or ​movingforward: Sandbags will ​hold the ​floodwaters back for a while.
(Definition of hold sb/sth back from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hold sb/sth back

phrasal verb with hold uk   us   /həʊld/ verb (held, held)
to prevent someone or something from ​changing, ​moving, or ​developing: She hadn't got the ​promotion she wanted, and she ​accused her ​boss of ​holding her back. What's ​holding back that ​company is a ​failure to consider the ​Internet as a ​market rather than as ​competition.
(Definition of hold sb/sth back from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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