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English definition of “hold sth back”

hold sth back

phrasal verb with hold
 
 
/həʊld/ verb (past tense and past participle held)
CONTROL EMOTION to stop yourself showing an emotion: She couldn't hold back the tears.Secrecy and privacy
NOT SAY to not give information to someoneSecrecy and privacy
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