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hold sb/sth back

phrasal verb with hold uk   /həʊld/ us   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.
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