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a. The act of holding back.
b. Something held back.
2. A device that retains or restrains.
3. A strap or an iron catch between the shaft and the harness on a drawn wagon, allowing the horse to stop or back up.
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1. something that restrains or keeps in.
2. something that is withheld or deferred.
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