hold sb/sth back - definition in the Business English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “hold sb/sth back”

See all translations

hold sb/sth back

phrasal verb with hold
 
 
/həʊld/ verb (held, held)
to prevent someone or something from changing, moving, or developing: She hadn't got the promotion she wanted, and she accused her boss of holding her back. What's holding back that company is a failure to consider the Internet as a market rather than as competition.
(Definition of hold sb/sth back from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hold sb/sth back?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “hold sb/sth back” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

paradox

a situation or statement that seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More