All too often, it is the lack of action that ultimately holds people back from attaining their ideals.
all too ofen意为“时常”。如：
Kids make the mistake like this all too often.
Truth will ultimately prevail.
The heart-broken girl couldn't hold back her tears.
He failed to attain his hope.
hold at bay意为“不使……迫近；牵制”。如：
He fought bravely，holding his enemies at bay.
The government has done something to hold down food prices.
They tried every means to hold down the workers on strike.
I've never seen anyone who could hold forth so long.
Hold on for a minute，I've just got to put on my make-up.
If he had just held on a little longer, we could have helped him.
hold one's breath意为“屏住气”。如：
We held our breath in excitement.
hold one's ground意为“坚守阵地；坚持立场”。如：
Albert tried to hold his ground in that field.