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|present participle||holding back|
|past tense||held back|
|past participle||held back|
Ollie had to hold Tom back to prevent him from retaliating.
Her hair was held back by two clips.
Her parents worried that her classmates were holding her back.
He held back, remembering the mistake he had made before.
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