*keep (something) back*

keep (something) back

Definition: to make sure that you do not use or give away all of something, in case you need it later.

(This phrasal verb has more than one meaning)

E.g.1: Because we have so many visitors over Easter, I always keep some eggs back in case someone arrives unexpectedly.
E.g.2: Don’t forget to keep some strawberries back so that you can decorate the cake when it is baked.

This phrasal verb can be separated. (E.g. 1 and 2)

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