keep back

keep back(
kip
 
bahk
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to stay away)
a. mantenerse alejado
We kept back from the seemingly inevitable drunken brawl.Nos mantuvimos alejados de la pelea de borrachos que parecía inevitable.
b. no acercarse
The family watched the waves breaking on the rocks, but they kept back in case of a rogue wave.La familia observó las olas romper sobre las rocas, pero no se acercaron por si hubo una ola gigante.
c. retirarse
We kept back to let the police through.Nos retiramos para dejar pasar a la policía.
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
2. (to keep from continuing to the next grade)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. hacer repetir el curso
I was sick for so long during the spring that they kept me back the next year.Estuve enfermo durante tanto tiempo en la primavera que me hicieron repetir el curso el próximo año.
3. (to make stay behind) (United Kingdom)
a. dejar castigado
Tim was kept back after school for writing rude words on the desk.A Tim lo dejaron castigado después de la escuela por haber escrito palabras groseras en el pupitre.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
4. (command)
a. atrás
Keep back! I'm armed!¡Atrás! ¡Estoy armado!
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keep back
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (crowd, tears)
a. contener
to k something back from somebodyocultarle algo a alguien
2. (delay)
a. entretener
he was kept back by his lack of qualificationssu falta de titulación le impidió progresar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (not approach)
a. no acercarse
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keep back
transitive verb
1 (contain) [+crowds] contener; [+enemy] no dejar avanzar; tener a raya
2 (withhold) [+part of sth given] guardar; quedarse con
keep back some of the parsley to garnish guárdate parte del perejil para adornar
3 (restrain) [+tears] contener; reprimir
he struggled to keep back his tears
4 (conceal) [+names of victims] no comunicar
to keep sth back from sb ocultar algo a algn; I'm sure he's keeping sth back estoy segura de que oculta algo
5 (delay) [+person] retrasar
I don't want to keep you back no quiero retrasarte; he had been kept back after school le habían hecho quedarse después del colegio
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
Jim kept back out of the way
keep back, please! ¡no se acerquen, por favor!; keep well back from the bonfire no te acerques a la fogata; I kept well back me mantuve bien alejado
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