keep sth back Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"keep sth back" in British English

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keep sth back

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

keep sth back (NOT USE ALL)

to not use the ​wholeamount of something so that there is a ​smallamountremaining for ​later

keep sth back (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.
(Definition of keep sth back from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"keep sth back" in Business English

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keep sth back

phrasal verb with keep uk   us   /kiːp/ verb (kept, kept)
to not use the whole ​amount of something: We'll need to ​keep back some of the ​budget for ​travel later in the ​year.
(Definition of keep sth back from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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