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hold sth back

phrasal verb with hold uk   /həʊld/  us   /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)
C1 to ​keepinformationsecret from someone ​deliberately
C2 to ​stop yourself ​showing an ​emotion: He ​spokeslowly, to ​hold back his ​growinganger.
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