force back
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force back
transitive verb
1 [+crowd, enemy] obligar a retroceder; hacer retroceder (a la fuerza)
the wind forced us back he tried to advance, but was forced back by the crowd the lone individual striking a blow for freedom, forcing back the frontiers of government interference
2 [+laughter, tears] contener
she forced back her desire to laugh contuvo las ganas de reírse; to force back one's tears contener las lágrimas
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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