Phrasal Verbs

hold back

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)

For example

  • 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.

Quick Quiz

Lisa wants to be a successful businesswoman, and she thinks her English is holding her back because

a. her English is poor

b. her English is excellent

c. her English is improving

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