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When you keep away from somebody or something, you avoid somebody or avoid going somewhere.
Keep back [Keep something back].- (emotions, anger, tears, information,
evidence, ideas, crowd) When you keep something back, you controll
it or keep it secret. Hold back
- The minister gave a press
conference to explain the whole thing but we knew he was keeping something
Keep down [Keep something down].- (prices, spending, noise, voice,
weight) When you keep something down, you don't increase it or you
keep it at a low level.
- Keep the noise down; I'm
trying to do some work!
- Keep it
down, will you?
- How do you expect me
to keep prices down when inflation is now running at 5%?
something [Keep off something].- (insep) (grass, the street, alcohol,
cigarettes) When you keep off something, you avoid it or you don't
- Keep your hands off me!
and keep off fatty foods.
- Try to keep
off the subject; there's no need to hurt her feelings.
When you keep on doing something, you continue doing it. Carry on, go on
said hello but he didn't say anything; he just kept on watching the
Keep on [Keep something on].-
When you keep something on, you don't take off; you continue wearing it.
can keep your hat on!
- Keep your
coat on; it's a bit cold in here.
at, keep on about [Keep on at something, keep on about something].- When you keep on at something, you continue talking
to somebody or about something in a boring or annoying way.
you have to keep on about your daughter the whole morning?
on at her until she tells you.
Keep out [keep out, keep somebody out].-
When you keep out or keep somebody out, you stay outside or you prevent somebody
or something from entering.
- Private property;
- They've put up a fence
to keep out intruders.
Keep to [keep to something].- (path, subject, arrangement, routine, plan, rules, regulation, promise,
minimum) When you keep to something, you do what you are supposed to
do. Stick to
- I know you don't like the agreement but we
have to keep to it.
- Keep to
the path; it's easy to get lost in that part of the mountain.
keep up with [Keep something up, keep up with somebody].- (conversation, payments,
pace, speed, good work) When you keep something up, you continue doing
it or it remains at the same level.
- Keep up the
- They coach spoke to the
players to try and keep their morale up.
the same story every year; salaries don't keep up with the cost of living.
- You're going too fast; I can't keep up.
up appearences: When you keep up appearences, you try to make
people believe that you have a lot of money and everything is all right
when, in fact, that is not true any more.
Kick in.- (insep) (reality, benefits, recovery) When something kicks in, it begins to take effect.
think reality has just kicked in.
- It must be taken for several days before the full effect kicks in.
- If the pain kicks in again, you've got the nurse's number and mine.
(insep) When something kicks off, it starts.
- Let's kick off with a little bit of music.
- The tour is going to kick off right here in Atlanta, June 20th at the Lakewood Amphitheater.
Kit out [Kit somebody out, kit something out].- When kit somebody out, you get all the clothes or things they need to do something.
- We can go to Oxford Street and get ourselves kitted out.
Knock off.- 1 (insep)
When you knock off, you finish work.
- Yesterday afternoon the guys decided to just knock off early and go bowling.
2 (pounds) When
you knock a particular ammount of money off a price, you reduce it.
- I managed to get them to knock $300 off the price.