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keep back

 
Verb keep back has 3 senses
  1. restrain, suppress, keep, keep back, hold back - keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
    --1 is one way to prevent, keep
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Somebody ----s somebody PP
  2. retain, hold, keep back, hold back - secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
    --2 is one way to keep, hold on
    Sample sentence:
    They keep back the money
  3. withhold, keep back - hold back; refuse to hand over or share; "The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room"
    --3 is one way to deny, refuse
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something from somebody
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