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hold back

1. To physically restrain someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "back." I held him back so that he didn't run after her.
2. To not do something to the fullest extent that one can. Don't hold back on the court—I don't want you to let me win.
3. To obstruct someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "back." Your fears are really holding you back in life. The levee is holding back the floodwaters, for now.
4. To keep something in one's possession. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "back." I held back some of the money, so we still have some cash left.
5. To withhold someone or something (from something). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "out." I heard that Sarah's parents are holding her back from play rehearsals because she has the mumps. Hold these pink cupcakes back for now—there's more than enough already on the table.
6. To require a student to repeat a grade of school. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "back." Am I really being held back? I don't want to repeat junior year—can't I go to summer school or something? We may have to hold you back a year if you don't pass this test.
See also: back, hold

hold (someone, something, or an animal) back (from someone or something)

to restrain someone, something, or an animal from getting at or getting to someone or something. The parents held the children back from the cake and ice cream until the hostess said she was ready. Please hold back your dog.
See also: back, hold

hold back (on something)

to withhold something; to give or take only a limited amount. Hold back on the gravy. I'm on a diet. That's enough. Hold back. Save some for the others.
See also: back, hold

hold back

Also, keep back.
1. Retain in one's possession or control, as in He held back vital information, or I managed to keep back my tears. [First half of 1500s]
2. Restrain one-self, as in She held back from joining the others, or I wanted to denounce him right there, but I kept back for fear of making a scene. The first usage dates from the second half of the 1500s, the variant from the early 1800s.
3. Impede the progress of, as in The barriers held back traffic during the funeral procession, or Her daughter was kept back and had to repeat first grade.
See also: back, hold

hold back

v.
1. To restrain someone or something: The principal held back the bully. We held the dog back when the guests arrived.
2. To retain something in one's possession or control: The witness held back valuable information. I held my tears back when I heard the bad news.
3. To impede the progress of someone or something: Your interference is holding me back from completing the job. The manager's incompetence held back the staff from meeting their sales quota.
See also: back, hold
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The No Child Held Back Consortium tackles and offers solutions on such issues as parent and student empowerment, increasing course variety, utilizing technology, and most importantly revisiting and redirecting the role of the education system.
Since 1997, the policy has resulted in thousands of Chicago's elementary students being required to go to summer school and being held back every year.
The Post and Courier reported that, "Longshoremen charged into the police line but were held back. Soon, many were throwing rocks, bricks, and other debris....
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority was responding to press reports that its chairman had said the regulator had held back for fear of spooking markets and harming the insurer.
The jury held back from taking the scheme further in discussion because of its unwelcoming exterior.
More often than not, the stock or asset sale agreement provides for some portion of the sales proceeds to be placed in escrow, or otherwise held back from the sales proceeds due the seller at closing.
When placing the foot onto the floor from sur le cou-de-pied front, the working leg begins to straighten and the toes, still held back, slide down the supporting ankle, making contact with the floor next to the supporting heel.
The strategic planning session, promoted by then-NPA president Helen Hoart and held back in March, has led the NPA board to see how it can better meet its members' needs.
Since oxides were not being held back by the filter, the question arose: Where were the oxides that would have been formed during the filling process?
(I even felt Thomas' urge to stick my finger in to touch, though unlike him I held back.) But rather than evidence of an event unique in history, the multiplication of this gesture of exposure implies simply the ordinary price of existence.
But temporary factors held back manufacturing (shutdowns at refineries) and retail sales (poor weather), suggesting that any weakness in April GDP can be looked through by the BoC.
The report titled "Are Rs 2,000 high denomination notes being held back?" juxtaposed data presented in the Lok Sabha recently with the latest RBI Annual Report to arrive at this conclusion.
While Pellegrini has remained calm in public at seeing City lose three of their last four games, Aguero revealed he has not held back in the dressing room.
There is a real fear that a return to long-term growth might be held back by shortages in key industries, and with high levels of youth unemployment, this report serves as an important reminder that we can deliver our own prosperity in the North East.
New York, NY, October 27, 2013 --(PR.com)-- No Child Held Back and MiniFrame announce that they will be collaborating together to bring MiniFrame's SoftXpand software to school districts nationwide.