hold back


General English

  • phrasal verb not to go forwards, or stop someone or something from going forwards
  • phrasal verb not to tell someone something


  • phrasal verb to wait, not to do something at the present time


  • verb to bowl a ball at a slower than usual pace in order to induce the batsman to play too early
    Citation ‘Tait looked to be bowling within himself, kept a respectably full length, and brought both to bear when he held one back to bowl Trescothick’ (Haigh 2005)
    Citation ‘Collingwood holds one back a little, Yuvraj picks the wrong length and tries to send it sailing above midwicket.’ (Bhattacharya 2006)
    See also slower ball