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keep sth back

verb uk phrasal verb with keep   /kiːp/ (kept, kept) us  

(NOT USE ALL)

to not use the whole amount of something so that there is a small amount remaining for later

(NOT TELL)

C2 to not tell someone everything you know about a situation or an event that has happened: I suspect she's keeping something back.
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