Holdback
Holdback Hold"back`, n. 1. Check; hindrance; restraint; obstacle. [1913 Webster]

The only holdback is the affection . . . that we bear to our wealth. --Hammond. [1913 Webster]

2. The projection or loop on the thill of a vehicle. to which a strap of the harness is attached, to hold back a carriage when going down hill, or in backing; also, the strap or part of the harness so used. [1913 Webster]


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  • holdback — n. restraint; hindrance, obstacle …   English contemporary dictionary

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