hold something back

hold something back
hold (something) back to keep something secret.

They talk about everything and hold back nothing.


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  • hold something back — 1 Jane held back the tears: SUPPRESS, fight back, choke back, stifle, smother, subdue, rein in, repress, curb, control, keep a tight rein on; …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold sb back — UK US hold sb/sth back Phrasal Verb with hold({{}}/həʊld/ verb (held, held) ► to prevent someone or something from changing, moving, or developing: »She hadn t got the promotion she wanted, and she accused her boss of holding her back. »What s… …   Financial and business terms

  • hold sth back — UK US hold sb/sth back Phrasal Verb with hold({{}}/həʊld/ verb (held, held) ► to prevent someone or something from changing, moving, or developing: »She hadn t got the promotion she wanted, and she accused her boss of holding her back. »What s… …   Financial and business terms

  • hold smth back — keep information or something to or for oneself He is holding back the information about the new computer system …   Idioms and examples

  • hold someone/something back — prevent or restrict the advance, progress, or development of someone or something Jane struggled to hold back her laughter ■ hold something back refuse or be unwilling to make something known you re not holding anything back from me, are you? …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold somebody back from doing something — ˌhold ˈback (from doing sth) | ˌhold sb ˈback (from doing sth) derived to hesitate or to make sb hesitate to act or speak • She held back, not knowing how to break the terrible news. • I wanted to tell him the truth, but something held me back.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold something up — 1 they held up the trophy: DISPLAY, hold aloft, exhibit, show (off), flourish, brandish; informal flash. 2 concrete pillars hold up the bridge: SUPPORT, hold …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold something over — POSTPONE, put off, put back, delay, defer, suspend, shelve, hold in abeyance; N. Amer. put over, table, take a rain check on; informal put on ice, put on the back burner, put in cold storage, mothball. → hold …   Useful english dictionary

  • keep something back — 1) she kept back some of the money Syn: reserve, keep in reserve, put aside/by, set aside; retain, hold back, hold on to, not part with; informal stash away 2) she kept back the details Syn: withhold, keep secret, keep hidden …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • keep something back — 1 she kept back some of the money: (KEEP IN) RESERVE, put by/aside, set aside; retain, hold back, keep, hold on to, not part with; N. Amer. set by; informal stash away. 2 she kept back the details …   Useful english dictionary

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