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hold someone or something in reserve and keep someone or something in reserve

Fig. to hold back someone or something for future needs. I am holding the frozen desserts in reserve, in case we run out of cake. We are holding Sharon in reserve. Keep a few good players in reserve.
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reserve something for someone or something

to save or set aside something for someone or something. I am reserving this seat for Claire. We are reserving some of the cake for tomorrow.
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in reserve

available for use if needed I know how much money I will earn, how much I can spend, and what I need to keep in reserve.
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in reserve

Kept back, set aside, or saved. For example, We have a fair amount of cash in reserve, or The coach decided to keep the best player in reserve until the last quarter. [Late 1600s]
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in reserve

Kept back, set aside, or saved.
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References in classic literature ?
Miss Pink wrote word of the engagement to Moody first; reserving to a later day the superior pleasure of informing Lady Lydiard of the very event which that audacious woman had declared to be impossible.
I don't want to put 'Monsieur le baron,' because I am reserving his honors till the last, when they rained upon him.
Lady Lundie, accordingly, foregoes her intention of calling at the Craig Fernie inn, to express her sentiments and make her inquiries in person, and commits to Sir Patrick the duty of expressing her sentiments; reserving to herself the right of making her inquiries at the next convenient opportunity.
The debate over reserving for these policies stems from various interpretations of the NAIC's Actuarial Guideline 38.
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While not a preferred long-term reserving method, this approach could be used to determine a temporary minimum reserve value.
Many companies are relying on reinsurers to secure statutory reserve credits, and much of this business has been placed offshore, where NAIC reserving regulations do not apply.