Definition of keep back phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

keep back

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

keep back

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keep back from somebody

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keep back from something

 
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to stay at a distance from somebody/something Keep well back from the road.
  1. 1(British English) (North American English keep somebody after) to make a student stay at school after normal hours as a punishment
  2. 2(North American English) to make a student repeat a year at school because of poor marks/grades

keep back somebody

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keep back somebody from somebody

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keep back somebody from something

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keep somebody back

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keep somebody back from somebody

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keep somebody back from something

 
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to make somebody stay at a distance from somebody/something Barricades were erected to keep back the crowds.
  1. 1to prevent a feeling, etc. from being expressed synonym restrain She was unable to keep back her tears.
  2. 2to continue to have a part of something He kept back half the money for himself.

keep somethingback (from somebody)

 
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to refuse to tell somebody something I'm sure she's keeping something back from us.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: keep back