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hold back
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  • hold back; keep from being perceived by others
    • She conceals her anger well
  • secure and keep for possible future use or application
    • The landlord retained the security deposit
    • I reserve the right to disagree
  • wait before acting
    • the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment
  • refrain from doing
    • she forbore a snicker
  • keep under control; keep in check
    • suppress a smile
    • Keep your temper
    • keep your cool
  • hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
    • Arrest the downward trend
    • Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
    • Contain the rebel movement
    • Turn back the tide of communism
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