To keep back

To reserve; to withhold.
To restrain; to hold back.
- Jer. xlii. 4.

See also: Keep, Keep

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Some are so close and reserved, as they will not show their wares, but by a dark light; and seem always to keep back somewhat; and when they know within themselves, they speak of that they do not well know, would nevertheless seem to others, to know of that which they may not well speak.
My heart goes out to Charlotte - whose father died from the disease - for trying to keep back the tears.
Surely, goes the argument, it would make sense to keep back less and spend more.
She said: 'I have always enjoyed keeping active and I'm aware that it's a great way to keep back pain at bay.'
Palestinian police yesterday fired in the air to keep back hundreds of Palestinians, including a few dozen masked gunmen, who were marching toward southern Gaza's Gush Katif settlements in celebration of the impending withdrawal
Police fired wildly into the air to keep back the surging crowd at the Ramallah compound, known as the Muqata, where Arafat spent his last years as a virtual prisoner.
With the cereal harvest getting underway across the region, the RSPB has issued an appeal to local farmers to keep back just half a tonne of grain from the crop to help feed birds over the winter.
Be sure to keep back and well-protected anything that would allow competitors to hurt you badly, regardless of whether or not you are operating or selling in China.
"Obviously, we need to keep back some of the money just to pay for the fuel."
Geers constructed a labyrinth with screens surmounted by razor wire, which is said to be a particularly effective human deterrent: In South Africa it was used to defend property and fortify prisons against those who wished to exit the "labyrinth," while normal twisted barbed wire, being less "persuasive," was used to keep back animals.
We can't stress how important it is to keep back from the edge."