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Definitionto hold something back
to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)
- This he repressed as speedily as possible, and strove to look as if nothing of the kind had happened.Chapter 14 -- Hester and the Physician (26% in)
- Even had there been a disposition to turn the matter into ridicule, it must have been repressed and overpowered by the solemn presence of men no less dignified than the governor, and several of his counsellors, a judge, a general, and the ministers of the town, all of whom sat or stood in a balcony of the meeting-house, looking down upon the platform.Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (74% in)
- All such professors of the several branches of jocularity would have been sternly repressed, not only by the rigid discipline of law, but by the general sentiment which give law its vitality.Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (57% in)
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