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- v. to hold back, refuse to give or share
- v. to restrict or restrain
- v. to prevent (a pupil) to advance in a course
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- v. secure and keep for possible future use or application
- v. hold back; refuse to hand over or share
- v. keep under control; keep in check
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Tierra tossed her thick, fire-red braid over her shoulder and tightened her lips to keep back a scream of frustration.
And Ananias's covetousness had first tempted him to keep back part of his estate, before it is said the devil filled his heart to lie to the Holy Ghost; so that what power the devil hath over men, they first give it him; they consent to his outward temptations, before he can get within thorn.
At this time, while he was writing the first volume of the Life, Froude made up his mind to keep back Mrs. Carlyle's letters, with her husband's sketch of her, to suppress the fact that there had been any disagreement between them, but to publish in a single volume Carlyle's reminiscences of his father, of Edward Irving, of Francis Jeffrey, and of Robert Southey.
They sped around fleeing yachties, dodged the Coast Guard cutter that had positioned itself to keep back curious tourists, shot past the two big lifeboats that looked like fat waterborne grubs and that were carrying the multinational crew of the tanker to safety.
We are not like the Israelites who longed for the “flesh pots” they had left behind in Egypt; yet when we look around it is difficult to keep back the question put by the Ecclesiast, “What is the cause that the former days were better than these?” and the answer we think is not difficult to find.
Meditations on Seven Hindrances which keep back a Sinner from the
But here, in contrast to Alamein, the defenders 'strength was at parity with the attackers', and the way in which they had prepared for the battle allowed them to keep back a large proportion of their armour until a late stage in the fighting.
As stated before, young men do not need to keep back their washerwoman's money to be able to take their best girl to the theater.
“To give all one's goods to feed the poor is common in this country, with princes and people, ” who often keep back nothing (not even one cowree, the thousandth part of a cent) to provide for themselves a handful of rice.
'Howsomever, these gam'sters do certainly keep back their milk to-day.