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to hold something back


to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)
  • Had she not been repressing everything in herself except the desire to enter into some fellowship with her husband's chief interests?
    Book 2 — Old and Young (77% in)
  • "Dear me!" said Mary, unable to repress her sarcasm; "that accounts for the curates like Mr. Crowse.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (16% in)
  • Perhaps she was conscious of being tempted to steal from those who had much that she might give to those who had nothing, and carried in her conscience the guilt of that repressed desire.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (45% in)
  • Poor Dorothea felt a pang at the thought that the labor of her husband's life might be void, which left her no energy to spare for the question whether this young relative who was so much obliged to him ought not to have repressed his observation.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (83% in)
  • Garth delivered this awful sentence with much majesty of enunciation, and Letty felt that between repressed volubility and general disesteem, that of the Romans inclusive, life was already a painful affair.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (20% in)
  • "Yes, ultimately," said Mrs. Garth, who having a special dislike to fine words on ugly occasions, could not now repress an epigram.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (23% in)
  • "Oh, poor mother, poor father!" said Mary, her eyes filling with tears, and a little sob rising which she tried to repress.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (28% in)
  • Peter," Mrs. Waule began—but Solomon put his hand before her repressingly.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (86% in)
  • Mrs. Cadwallader's eyes, diverted from the churchyard, saw a good deal of dumb show which was not so intelligible to her as she could have desired, and could not repress the question, "Who is Mr. Ladislaw?"
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (6% in)
  • But he wished to repress outward signs, and only Dorothea could discern the changes in her husband's face before he observed with more of dignified bending and sing-song than usual— "You are exceedingly hospitable, my dear sir; and I owe you acknowledgments for exercising your hospitality towards a relative of mine."
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (7% in)
  • But I am sorry to say that Fred was under some difficulty in repressing a laugh, which would have been more unsuitable than his father's snuff-box.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (11% in)
  • Will's glance had caught Dorothea's as she turned out of the pew, and again she bowed, but this time with a look of agitation, as if she were repressing tears.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (42% in)
  • He felt sure that she had been suffering from the strain and conflict of self-repression; and that she was likely now to feel herself only in another sort of pinfold than that from which she had been released.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (60% in)
  • It was a little too provoking even for her self-control that this blooming youngster should flourish on the disappointments of sadder and wiser people—making a meal of a nightingale and never knowing it—and that all the while his family should suppose that hers was in eager need of this sprig; and her vexation had fermented the more actively because of its total repression towards her husband.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (38% in)
  • Please remember me," said Dorothea, repressing a rising sob.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (98% in)
  • "Oh yes," said Lydgate, falling backward in his chair, with ill-repressed impatience under the banker's pale earnest eyes and intense preoccupation with himself.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (46% in)
  • Mr. Hawley's mode of speech, even when public decorum repressed his "awful language," was formidable in its curtness and self-possession.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (95% in)
  • In this brief interval of calm, Lydgate, remembering that he had often been stormy in his hours of perturbation, and mindful of the pain Rosamond had had to bear, was carefully gentle towards her; but he, too, had lost some of his old spirit, and he still felt it necessary to refer to an economical change in their way of living as a matter of course, trying to reconcile her to it gradually, and repressing his anger when she answered by wishing that he would go to live in London.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (20% in)
  • He was fuming under a repressive law which he was forced to acknowledge: he was dangerously poised, and Rosamond's voice now brought the decisive vibration.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (47% in)
  • "Yes," said Sir James, unable to repress a retort, "it is rather a pity you formed that high opinion of him.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (86% in)

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