This page is about the phrasal verb hold back
to stop someone or something from going forward, or from progressing in some way
keep back, restrain (formal)
- hold sb/sth back Joey was so angry that he wanted to attack the referee, but luckily his teammates held him back.
- hold back sb/sth Tiger thinks his lack of arm strength is holding back his development as a golfer, so he's building up his arm muscles.
Lisa wants to be a successful businesswoman, and she thinks her English is holding her back because
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