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He knew when to attack and when to remain upon the defensive, when to press on the enemy and when to hold himself in reserve and let the enemy follow his own devices.

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/16167/16167-h/16167-h.htm

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  • It's not 'reverse', it's 'reserve'. Do you know what to 'hold something in reserve' means? Commented Aug 23, 2020 at 18:25
  • @MichaelHarvey Thank you Michael. I know It's meaning. Commented Aug 23, 2020 at 18:31
  • So is your question now answered? Commented Aug 23, 2020 at 19:10
  • @MichaelHarvey Yes, It is answered dear Michael (reserve not reverse) Commented Aug 23, 2020 at 19:15

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To hold someone or (something) in reserve means to hold them (or it) back for future needs.

I am holding the frozen desserts in reserve, in case we run out of cake.

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