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    What do 'quite rightly' and 'hold back' mean?

    The others quite rightly object that he is holding back the work. This sentence from COLLINS COBUILD ENGLISH USAGE is translated in the Chinese version as 'The others strongly object that he is concealing the work'.

    But I would think this sentence means 'The others are right in objecting that he is hindering the work from progressing. Am I right?

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    Re: What do 'quite rightly' and 'hold back' mean?

    "Holding back the work" might mean not providing work that needs to be done.

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    Re: What do 'quite rightly' and 'hold back' mean?

    I do agree with your interpretation the others are right in objecting- strongly doesn't work for me.

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