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hang back

(from someone or something) to lag back behind someone or something; to stay back from someone or something, perhaps in avoidance. Why are you hanging back from the rest of the group? Come on! Don't hang back!
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hang back

to wait before doing something We opened our office at a time when other businesses hung back because of bad economic conditions.
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hang back

Be reluctant to move ahead, hold back. For example, They hung back at the entrance, fearful that they wouldn't be admitted, or We hung back to let our parents go in first. [Second half of 1500s]
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hang back

v.
1. To keep a distance behind others; lag: Everyone surged forward, but I hung back, afraid I'd be crushed. I hung back behind the popular kids as I walked through the hall.
2. To delay or hesitate on some task; hold off: You should hang back on filling out college applications until you get better test scores.
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It was nice of the others to hang back so far," quipped Loder who leaves Newmarket at the end of the year to train for Sheikh Mohammed in France.
The complaint alleges that Van der Moolen, during the class period, repeatedly violated its duty of negative obligation, or the duty to hang back and not trade for the specialist firm's own account when public investor orders exist.
And almost half of those questioned said they hang back waiting for others to embrace them first.
This force has always been a force of doers, people who don't hang back and are not afraid to get stuck in.
Craig, who trains at an altitude of 5,000 feet, is expected to hang back in the early stages.
New research indicates that, within prides, some adult females serve as aggressive leaders who readily defend territory against intruders, while others emerge as laggards who always or frequently hang back in the face of such danger.
Our source adds: "Derek tried to hang back to let Cheryl do her thing, but she couldn't keep her eyes off him.
It was a pity he got stopped when Gateman hung off the rail, and the jockey said if he had come up the rail he might have won, but he was worried Gateman could hang back in front of him.
I was able to lap guys and then hang back to conserve fuel,'' he said.
Mulcahy advised motorists to hang back a little and allow more room between cars to brake without skidding on the wet pavement.
because Bradley was doing a good job of reaching out, people got into this, maybe we should just hang back.
Cragg opted to hang back in the 3,000m pack before making his move in the final 800m.
Case, with what now appears to be remarkable foresight, warned Netscape Chief Executive Officer James Barksdale in a draft October 1995 e-mail that: ``I'm tempted to just hang back, be patient .
If they take the plunge they could buy a property whose value will fall, but if they hang back they may end up paying more.