Synonyms and related words:
arrest, arrestation, arrestment, bearing rein, bit, blockage, blocking, brake, chain, check, checkrein, chock, clog, clogging, closing up, closure, constriction, countercheck, cramp, curb, curb bit, damper, delay, detainment, detention, doorstop, drag, drag sail, drift anchor, drift sail, drogue, fetter, fixation, foot-dragging, hampering, hindering, hindrance, holdup, impediment, inhibition, interference, interruption, let, martingale, negativism, nuisance value, obstruction, obstructionism, occlusion, opposition, pelham, remora, repression, resistance, restraint, restriction, retardation, retardment, scotch, sea anchor, setback, shackle, snaffle, spoke, squeeze, stay, stop, stranglehold, stricture, suppression, trammel

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  • holdback — /hohld bak /, n. 1. the iron or strap on the shaft of a horse drawn vehicle to which the breeching of the harness is attached, enabling the horse to hold back or to back the vehicle. 2. a device for restraining or checking, as a doorstop or… …   Universalium

  • holdback — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: hold back 1. : a device (as an iron catch on a carriage shaft with a looped strap) to enable a horse to back or hold back a vehicle 2. : one of several devices for holding something back or open: as a. : a device (as a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • holdback — noun Date: 1581 1. something that retains or restrains 2. a. the act of holding back b. something held back …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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