hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of;
"Arrest the downward trend"
"Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"
"Contain the rebel movement"
"Turn back the tide of communism"
keep under control; keep in check;
"suppress a smile"
"Keep your temper"
"keep your cool"
refrain from doing;
"she forbore a snicker"
wait before acting;
"the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment"
secure and keep for possible future use or application;
"The landlord retained the security deposit"
"I reserve the right to disagree"
hold back; keep from being perceived by others;
"She conceals her anger well"
- Shortage of the right materials has set us back.
- Mr.Hu's abstemious habits didn't hold him back.
- He can not shrink back from danger.
- Prissy edged back up the stairs.
- The brooding presence that had been lurking farther back was moving.
- Colonel Wilck's men fought back, from every conceivable hiding place.
- We could not hold ourselves back.
- Then they had to restrain themselves and pull back.
- We must not keep back anything we know.
- The police were convinced the man was holding something back.
- hold back 阻碍