Definition of hang back in English:

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hang back

1Remain behind: Stephen hung back for fear of being seen
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  • Crushing my second thoughts, I made my way down the stairs to the entrance hall, where I stopped, hanging back behind the corner of the wall.
  • Bella hung back behind the curtains, trying her best to calm herself.
  • Coach started speed drills and Liz hung back skating behind the guys.
stay back, hold back, stay in the background, shrink back, shy away, be reluctant to come forward, hesitate, demur, recoil, turn away
1.1Show reluctance to act or move: I do not believe that our European neighbours will hang back from this
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  • We also have quite a few contributors who like to hang back and give us something only when the spirit moves them.
  • While the police hung back, a brave fellow citizen rushed forward to pull the men into his car and drive them to the hospital, saving their lives.
  • I think I've not hung back in pointing out the deficiencies in funding that we've had and still have, over the years.
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