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See also: holdback
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- (idiomatic, intransitive) To act with reserve; to contain one's full measure or power.
- Don't hold back. Hit it as hard as you can.
- (idiomatic, transitive) To contain; stop.
- The dam can't hold back that much water.
- (idiomatic, transitive) To delay the progress of, especially in school.
- He's a year older than his classmates, because he was held back in second grade.