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Origin of holdback
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Example sentences from the Web for holdback
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
For this end, during eleven years, all had given their share without stint or holdback.Christine|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for holdback
Idioms and Phrases with holdback
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.