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hold (something) in reserve
To save something or set it aside for future use. Most people would be shocked if they knew how much money the government holds in reserve. I'm holding those snacks in reserve for the road trip.
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.
keep (something) in reserve
To save something or set it aside for future use. Most people would be shocked if they knew how much money the government keeps in reserve. I'm keeping those snacks in reserve for the road trip.
reserve (something) for (someone or something)
1. To set aside, keep back, or save something for someone, something, or some future point or event. You should always reserve some of your income for an emergency. Sorry, I'm reserving this seat for a friend. Be sure to reserve a cup of the pasta's cooking water for your sauce.
2. To instruct or request for something to be set aside for someone, something, or some future point or event. I reserved a table for us at the restaurant tonight. We reserved the conference room for our meeting. I've reserved the bikes for the next three days.
Readily or candidly. Once the music starts at the reception, get your camera ready because Aunt Millie will be dancing without reserve! Thank you for speaking without reserve—that kind of honest feedback is exactly what we're looking for.
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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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
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Kept back, set aside, or saved.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.