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The appeal has been welcomed by the NFU in the region, although many farmers already do keep back grain to feed the birds during winter and are doing much more to encourage the return of wildlife.
"Obviously, we need to keep back some of the money just to pay for the fuel."
"She has told me that keeping up the will help me to avoid further as I grow older and help to keep back in good shape.
2 : to hold or keep back <Bad weather prevented us from leaving.>
Police fired 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.
First the government tries to shirk its responsibilities by getting local authorities to impose a new tax, and when that doesn't work it threatens to keep back some cash which might actually do some good.
I fought to keep back the sobs; they made my hand unsteady, "Will you write to Mam because..." because...
By inviting the nation to leave behind their lazy lifestyles and engage in outdoor activities, the BCA said toys that kept parents and grandparents amused can improve posture and strength and keep back pain at bay.
'It also helps to keep back lanes free of rubbish and prevent behaviour such as graffiti and youth annoyance.'
When you drain the pasta, keep back a few tbsp of the water, then return the pasta, asparagus and water to the saucepan.