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[hohld-bak] /ˈhoʊldˌbæk/
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.
a device for restraining or checking, as a doorstop or tieback.
a stop or delay:
a holdback in negotiations.
a withholding:
the holdback of a day's pay.
something, as a planned expenditure or allotment, that is withheld or deferred.
Origin of holdback
1575-85; noun use of verb phrase hold back Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We also request that no further holdback be retained from future amounts due the contractor.
  • The insurer must pay the reservation or holdback upon the insured's providing a receipt for the replaced property.
  • Please describe some repair items that would qualify for an escrow holdback.
  • Fog delayed the start of the tournament, but that was the only holdback for the day.
  • The contractor has an internal financial holdback on the contract value of fixed price projects.
  • The check represented return of a holdback in connection with the sale of real estate.
  • Criteria for determining appropriate holdback or merchant reserve accounts.
  • Strive to satisfy the needs of all parties, and holdback on the wants of individuals.

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