holdback

noun
hold·​back | \ ˈhōl(d)-ˌbak How to pronounce holdback (audio) \

Definition of holdback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that retains or restrains
2a : the act of holding back
b : something held back

hold back

verb
held back; holding back; holds back

Definition of hold back (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to hinder the progress or achievement of : restrain
b : to keep from advancing to the next stage, grade, or level
2 : to refrain from revealing or parting with held back important information

intransitive verb

1 : to keep oneself in check
2 : to refrain from revealing or parting with something

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Examples of holdback in a Sentence

Noun there'll be a holdback on production until the new machinery is fully installed the only holdback to starting the new job is my contractual commitment to my current position Verb the only thing holding Joe back from joining the swim team is lack of transportation held back her tears until she was alone
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Typical issues are: The amount and length of the escrow holdback for indemnification claims. Gary Miller, The Denver Post, "Gary Miller: Negotiation mistakes that will kill a business sale — a case study," 27 Oct. 2019 The Connecticut Department of Education sent Canterbury town officials a letter saying that the additional holdback of $250,000 would incur a $500,000 Education Cost Sharing penalty. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Canterbury Boards Battle Over Roof Replacement, Education Budget," 3 Apr. 2018 Legislation is being discussed to do away with the penalty associated with cuts made after holdbacks were announced. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Canterbury Boards Battle Over Roof Replacement, Education Budget," 3 Apr. 2018 Negotiators from the House had agreed near the end of the regular session to lower the holdback to $100 million. Lsu Manship School News Service, NOLA.com, "An LSU student's analysis of the Legislature's budget impasse," 13 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And at the moment the industry seems to hold back from the sort of earnestness that gives us glimpses of an artist’s personality. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The Game Awards wants to take video games seriously, but is the industry ready to follow?," 11 Dec. 2020 With that said, please don’t hold back in grooving with us and our selections below! Kevin L. Clark, Essence, "Steve Arrington’s Playlist Is Gonna Funk You Up Good," 20 Nov. 2020 Consumers might hold back on spending given uncertainty over employment, additional shutdowns, the fate of another federal coronavirus aid package and the impact of the presidential election on the economy. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Virtual Santa visits? Holiday shopping will look different this year as Maryland retailers change tactics amid coronavirus," 12 Nov. 2020 Because of flooding in the region, government planners took longer to consider how to make a wall that could double as a device able to hold back water from a nearby river. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "This is what Trump's wall looks like four years after he was elected to build it," 2 Nov. 2020 Some experts have even questioned whether the teenager’s team of four attorneys will feel pressure to hold back from making a plea bargain out of fear of disrupting the patriotic narrative and disappointing donors. Bernard Condon, Anchorage Daily News, "Kenosha shooter’s defense portrays him as ‘American patriot’," 24 Sep. 2020 Some experts have even questioned whether the teenager’s team of four attorneys will feel pressure to hold back from making a plea bargain out of fear of disrupting the patriotic narrative and disappointing donors. Bernard Condon, chicagotribune.com, "Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse portrayed by his lawyers as an ‘American patriot’ exercising his right to bear arms in a ‘war zone’," 24 Sep. 2020 But as the coronavirus gripped China, Mr. Ren seemed unable to hold back from sharing his scathing criticisms of the government with friends. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "China’s ‘Big Cannon’ Blasted Xi. Now He’s Been Jailed for 18 Years.," 22 Sep. 2020 Some parents are unhappy about online-only learning in Carroll County Public Schools and several did not hold back in sharing their frustrations with the school board. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘Open the damn schools’: Parents call for return to in-person learning in Carroll County Public Schools," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of holdback

Noun

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1535, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Holdback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holdback. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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