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    hold back

    What does "hold back" mean in the following context?

    His (Kim Il Sung) wife Kim Chong-suk..... cuts a more martial figure than he does. She is even referred to as his "bodyguard." In one illustration she sternly holds back her smooth-faced husband while she fires at the Japanese enemy.

    Is this saying "she stopped him from firing at the enemy"?

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    Re: hold back

    It's not clear because you don't give us the context.

    Literally, it could mean she is firing a gun - but I doubt it.

    I think it means that she prevents him from speaking while she "fires back" (sternly answers) the Japanese.

    But knowing the context would explain the meaning.

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    Re: hold back

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    Literally, it could mean she is firing a gun - but I doubt it. Come on, these people are the real revolutionaries!

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    Re: hold back

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    What does "hold back" mean in the following context?

    His (Kim Il Sung) wife Kim Chong-suk..... cuts a more martial figure than he does. She is even referred to as his "bodyguard." In one illustration she sternly holds back her smooth-faced husband while she fires at the Japanese enemy.

    Is this saying "she stopped him from firing at the enemy"?

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    Imagine a bodyguard pulling back the person they're protecting, then blocking them with their body and shooting the enemy. I guess that's what the illustration shows.

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    Re: hold back

    I see.

    Thank you all.

    Yes. They are really firing guns at the enemy at least in this scene. But the story itself is said to be forged for the personality cult for the Kim family in North Korea.

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