hold back


  1. to act with reserve; to contain one's full measure or power
    Don't hold back. Hit it as hard as you can.
  2. to contain; stop
    The dam can't hold back that much water.
  3. to delay, especially in school
    He's a year older than his classmates because he was held back in second grade.

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