Definition of holdback in US English:



  • 1A thing serving to hold something else in place.

    ‘a curtain holdback’
    • ‘When the holdback fitting released and my jet exploded forward, my hand, out of surprise, inexperience or fear, grabbed the top of the stick.’
    • ‘And in that spirit, I'm going to be spending a bit of time putting up various hooks to hang mobiles, curtain holdbacks, etc.’
    • ‘Be sure to attach to a drapery holdback that is secured to the wall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A sum of money withheld under certain conditions.
      • ‘In other words, only for the requisite 10% holdback.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And we recommend at least a 10 percent holdback.’
      • ‘The holdback is 2 or 3 percent of the total purchase price of the car.’
      • ‘The City submits that the full amount of the holdback should be credited to the City.’
      • ‘The only holdbacks are for deficiencies and for work not completed.’