Phrasal verbs - Meaning of hold back

Phrasal verbs

What does hold back mean?

Here is the meaning of hold back with examples:

"hold back"


1. to act with reserve; to contain one's full measure or power
2. to contain; stop
3. to delay, especially in school


Check the phrasal verb hold back in a sentence:

1. He hit it as hard as you can.
2. The dam can't hold back that much water.
3. He's a year older than his classmates because he was held back in second grade.

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