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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.
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