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keep back (2)

Meaning: If something keeps you back, it stops you from getting where you want to go.

Synonym: hold back, hinder, hamper

For example:

  • keep sb back She's a talented musician, but her health problems are keeping her back.

  • keep sb back The country wants to develop, but their poor education system will keep them back.

Quick Quiz:

Pedro's a very smart guy. The thing that's keeping him back is his
  1. excellent education
  2. lack of confidence
  3. good looks

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