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to hold something back


to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)
  • "Mamma!" she muttered, "give him to me, give him, Mamma, quickly, quickly!" and she again had difficulty in repressing her sobs.
    Book Seven — 1810-11 (69% in)
  • "The picket is still on the hill, your excellency, just where it was in the evening," reported Rostov, stooping forward with his hand at the salute and unable to repress the smile of delight induced by his ride and especially by the sound of the bullets.
    Book Three — 1805 (73% in)
  • He beckoned to one of his white adjutants and asked some question—"Most likely he is asking at what o'clock they started," thought Prince Andrew, watching his old acquaintance with a smile he could not repress as he recalled his reception at Brunn.
    Book Three — 1805 (81% in)
  • Berg and Vera could not repress their smiles of satisfaction at the sight of all this movement in their drawing room, at the sound of the disconnected talk, the rustling of dresses, and the bowing and scraping.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (74% in)
  • But repressed vexation at his son's poor-spirited behavior found expression in his treatment of his daughter.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (98% in)
  • Natasha cried angrily, in a voice of despair and repressed irritation.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (67% in)
  • The French colonel with difficulty repressed a yawn, but was polite and evidently understood Balashev's importance.
    Book Nine — 1812 (14% in)
  • The comic efforts with which he moved his tongue made her drop her eyes and with difficulty repress the sobs that rose to her throat.
    Book Ten — 1812 (25% in)
  • "No, he's not dead—it's impossible!" she told herself and approached him, and repressing the terror that seized her, she pressed her lips to his cheek.
    Book Ten — 1812 (27% in)
  • Pierre listened to him, scarcely able to repress a smile.
    Book Ten — 1812 (51% in)
  • "But you have not slept," she said, repressing her joy.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (95% in)
  • He lifted his head high and gazed at Denisov as if repressing a laugh.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (29% in)
  • "If you were counting on the evening soup, you have come too late," said a voice from behind the fire with a repressed laugh.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (47% in)
  • I can't bear these ladies and all these civilities!" said he aloud in Sonya's presence, evidently unable to repress his vexation, after the princess' carriage had disappeared.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (46% in)

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