Definition of in reserve in US English:

in reserve


  • Unused and available if required.

    ‘the platoon that had been kept in reserve’
    • ‘On the plus side at least he will have some energy in reserve.’
    • ‘She allowed herself to hold enough stamina in reserve to finish in first place.’
    • ‘We have enough foodgrain in reserve to meet the requirements of one billion citizens.’
    • ‘Here nature is preserved not only to be consumed by tourists but kept in reserve for later industrial use.’
    • ‘There are many reasons why schools may hold cash in reserve.’
    • ‘He said water affairs was managing water supply in a cycle that extended into next year, and wanted to keep some water in reserve.’
    • ‘The force will have some armoured vehicles in reserve in case of difficulty.’
    • ‘Having so many spare cars in reserve is one reason the crew doesn't feel stressed at the track.’
    • ‘There are expected to be about 3,500 police on duty at today's marches with 1,000 in reserve.’
    • ‘This would mean the land could be kept in reserve for longer term development.’
    available, at hand, to hand, on hand, on call, ready, in readiness, for use when needed, set aside
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