Idioms

Origin of hold

1
before 900; Middle English holden, Old English h(e)aldan; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Norse halda, Old Saxon, Gothic haldan, Old High German haltan (German halten)

Related forms

hold·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

8. See have. 9. See contain. 11. See maintain.

Definition for hold back (2 of 2)

dodge

[ doj ]
/ dɒdʒ /

verb (used with object), dodged, dodg·ing.

to elude or evade by a sudden shift of position or by strategy: to dodge a blow; to dodge a question.
Also hold back. Photography. (in printing) to shade (an area of a print) from exposure for a period, while exposing the remainder of the print in order to lighten or eliminate the area (sometimes followed by out).Compare burn1(def 45).

verb (used without object), dodged, dodg·ing.

to move aside or change position suddenly, as to avoid a blow or get behind something.
to use evasive methods; prevaricate: When asked a direct question, he dodges.

noun

Origin of dodge

First recorded in 1560–70; of obscure origin

Related forms

out·dodge, verb (used with object), out·dodged, out·dodg·ing.un·dodged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hold back (1 of 4)

hold back

verb (adverb)

to restrain or be restrained
(tr) to withholdhe held back part of the payment

noun holdback

a strap of the harness joining the breeching to the shaft, so that the horse can hold back the vehicle
something that restrains or hinders

British Dictionary definitions for hold back (2 of 4)

dodge

/ (dɒdʒ) /

verb


noun

Word Origin for dodge

C16: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for hold back (3 of 4)

hold

1
/ (həʊld) /

verb holds, holding or held (hɛld)


noun

Derived Forms

holdable, adjective

Word Origin for hold

Old English healdan; related to Old Norse halla, Gothic haldan, German halten

British Dictionary definitions for hold back (4 of 4)

hold

2
/ (həʊld) /

noun

the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

Word Origin for hold

C16: variant of hole
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Idioms and Phrases with hold back (1 of 2)

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.

Idioms and Phrases with hold back (2 of 2)

hold

In addition to the idioms beginning with hold

  • hold a candle to, not
  • hold against
  • hold a grudge
  • hold a gun to someone's head
  • hold all the aces
  • hold at bay
  • hold back
  • hold court
  • hold down
  • hold everything
  • hold forth
  • hold good
  • hold it
  • hold no brief for
  • hold off
  • hold on
  • hold one's breath
  • hold one's end up
  • hold one's fire
  • hold one's head high
  • hold one's horses
  • hold one's own
  • hold one's peace
  • hold one's temper
  • hold one's tongue
  • hold on to
  • hold on to your hat
  • hold out
  • hold out on
  • hold over
  • hold someone's feet to the fire
  • hold still for
  • hold sway over
  • hold the bag
  • hold the fort
  • hold the line
  • hold the phone
  • hold the purse strings
  • hold to
  • hold true
  • hold up
  • hold water
  • hold with
  • hold your

also see:

  • (hold) at bay
  • bear (hold) a grudge
  • get hold of
  • hang (hold) on to your hat
  • have a hold over
  • lay hold of
  • leave holding the bag
  • no holds barred
  • on hold
  • (hold the) purse strings
  • stand (hold) one's ground
  • take hold

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