One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A thing serving to hold something else in place.‘a curtain holdback’
- ‘Most manufacturers make it possible to mix and match poles, drapery rings, decorative finials and holdbacks in a variety of finishes - from white and ebony to antique gold, brass and copper.’
- ‘Third, the aircraft was stuck because they tried to taxi it clear with the holdback still in tension.’
- ‘When the holdback fitting released and my jet exploded forward, my hand, out of surprise, inexperience or fear, grabbed the top of the stick.’
- ‘Be sure to attach to a drapery holdback that is secured to the wall.’
- ‘And in that spirit, I'm going to be spending a bit of time putting up various hooks to hang mobiles, curtain holdbacks, etc.’
- ‘Fortunately, the holdback fitting managed to stay attached throughout our 100-plus-mile trip from Washington, as well as our 8,000 feet of landing rollout.’
2A sum of money withheld under certain conditions.
- ‘The holdback is 2 or 3 percent of the total purchase price of the car.’
- ‘The only holdbacks are for deficiencies and for work not completed.’
- ‘This holdback is only payable to members of the executive council if the public accounts for that year show that the budget targets were achieved.’
- ‘In other words, only for the requisite 10% holdback.’
- ‘The City submits that the full amount of the holdback should be credited to the City.’
- ‘And we recommend at least a 10 percent holdback.’
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