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Related to in reserve: defer to, follow suit, off chance, in its entirety, picking on, holding up
Being saved for future use; set aside. Most people would be shocked if they knew how much money the government has in reserve. I'm keeping those snacks in reserve for the road trip.
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]
in reˈserveavailable to be used in the future or when needed: The money was being kept in reserve for their retirement. ♢ 200 police officers were held in reserve.
Kept back, set aside, or saved.