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holdback

[ hohld-bak ]
/ ˈhoʊldˌbæk /
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noun
the iron or strap on the shaft of a horse-drawn vehicle to which the breeching of the harness is attached, enabling the horse to hold back or to back the vehicle.
a device for restraining or checking, as a doorstop or tieback.
a stop or delay: a holdback in negotiations.
a withholding: the holdback of a day's pay.
something, as a planned expenditure or allotment, that is withheld or deferred.
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Origin of holdback

First recorded in 1575–85; noun use of verb phrase hold back
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How to use holdback in a sentence

  • And sometimes, the biggest holdback to women is that same depth to which they feel.

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  • For this end, during eleven years, all had given their share without stint or holdback.

    Christine|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • When the nerve is unduly irritated the holdback, or inhibitory force, is increased, and the heart slows up in the same measure.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
  • In the clouds we were passing over Clingman, Gibbs, and Holdback.

    On Horseback|Charles Dudley Warner

British Dictionary definitions for holdback

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with holdback

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.

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