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hold back

phrasal verb with hold uk   /həʊld/  us   /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)
to not do something, often because of ​fear or because you do not ​want to make a ​badsituationworse: He ​held back, ​terrified of going into the ​darkroom.
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hold back

phrasal verb with hold uk   us   /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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