Idioms for hold

Origin of hold

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)


hold·a·ble, adjective

synonym study for hold

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

Definition for hold back (2 of 2)

[ 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.


Origin of dodge

First recorded in 1560–70; of obscure origin


out·dodge, verb (used with object), out·dodged, out·dodg·ing.un·dodged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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)

/ (dɒdʒ) /



Word Origin for dodge

C16: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for hold back (3 of 4)

/ (həʊld) /

verb holds, holding or held (hɛld)


Derived forms of hold

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)

/ (həʊld) /


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.


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]


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.


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)


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