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English definition of “hold sb/sth back”

hold sb/sth back

(STOP DEVELOPMENT) phrasal verb with hold     /həʊld/ US  /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)
C2 to stop someone or something developing or doing as well as they should: She felt that having children would hold her back.Delaying and wasting time
(Definition of hold sb/sth back (STOP DEVELOPMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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