To hang back

to hesitate; to falter; to be reluctant.

See also: Hang

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Nagal, who is currently ranked at the 190th position in the ATP rankings, was able to show grit in the fourth set as the scoreline was levelled at 2-2 at one stage, but Federer bounced back by playing an aggressive style of tennis, forcing Nagal to hang back on the court.
I'm told Rocketman star Richard Madden was invited to a swanky bash out at sea but preferred to hang back with his pals.
The higher security and ban on protesters entering the Champs-Elysees came after police appeared to hang back last week when 100 stores were damaged, looted or set alight.
The higher security and ban on protesters entering the avenue came after police appeared to hang back last week when 100 stores were damaged, looted, or set alight.
The decision is made to hang back, allow the others to pick each other off, and rely on personal skills to watch and listen undetected.
"I had expected her to hang back a bit, or maybe be sitting in her roped-off area, but once I stepped a little closer to the stage I realized that she was not only in the front row, but had perched on the edge of the stage at Prince's feet, looking up at him adoringly as he sang," Swensson wrote.
BRAKE, the road safety charity, and Direct Line insurance are urging drivers to hang back, slow down and chill out on country roads to avoid tragedies, as a survey reveals the extent of risky, aggressive overtaking.
"Hopefully, that can translate into a few more fans and for some of the Newcastle Falcons crowd to hang back and watch the rugby league after the union game is finished."
The gunman was later found dead, near three homes that were consumed by the flames as crews were forced to hang back.
"The belief was that the horse had even more pace than the year before, so the tactics were to hang back and wait.
Be flexible: Faced with higher borrowing costs and an uncertain outlook, many firms have decided to hang back and delay any expansion plans.
David Miliband had his chance to oust Gordon Brown, but preferred to hang back. That is why we are saddled with the Con Dem coalition.