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holdback

noun

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1 an instance or period of being prevented from going about one's business
  • there'll be a holdback on production until the new machinery is fully installed

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2 something that makes movement or progress difficult
  • the only holdback to starting the new job is my contractual commitment to my current position

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hold back

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of hold back (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to create difficulty for the work or activity of
  • the only thing holding them back from joining the swim team is lack of transportation

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2 to refrain from openly showing or uttering
  • held back her tears until she was alone

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“Holdback.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/holdback. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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