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Ollie had to hold Tom back to prevent him retaliating.
Her hair was held back by two clips.
Her parents worried that her classmates were holding her back.
Long-term water shortages can hold economic development back.
He held back, remembering the mistake he had made before.
Joe held back his anger.
She bit her lip to hold back the tears.
They held back the final payment because they weren’t satisfied with the work.