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English definition of “keep sth back”

keep sth back

(NOT USE ALL) phrasal verb with keep     /kiːp/ verb (kept, kept)
to not use the whole amount of something so that there is a small amount remaining for later Keeping and storing things
(Definition of keep sth back (NOT USE ALL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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