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English definition of “hold back”

hold back

phrasal verb with hold     /həʊld/ verb (held, held)
[I] to not speak or state an opinion : I held back during the meeting because I knew that my opinions were too controversial .
(Definition of hold back from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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