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Keep away When you keep away from somebody or something, you avoid somebody or avoid going somewhere.

  • Keep away from me!

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 back.

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%? 

Keep off something [Keep off something] (insep) (grass, the street, alcohol, cigarettes) When you keep off something, you avoid it or you don't touch it.

  • Keep your hands off me!
  • Try and keep off fatty foods.
  • Try to keep off the subject; there's no need to hurt her feelings. 

Keep on 1 continue doing When you keep on doing something, you continue doing it. Carry on, go on

  • I said hello but he didn't say anything; he just kept on watching the television.

2 continue wearing [Keep something on] When you keep something on, you don't take it off; you continue wearing it.

  • You can keep your hat on!
  • Keep your coat on; it's a bit cold in here.

Keep on 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.

  • Do you have to keep on about your daughter the whole morning?
  • Keep 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; keep out!
  • 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, 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 good work!
  • They coach spoke to the players to try and keep their morale up.
  • It's 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.

An idiom is a fixed combination of words having a particular meaning, usually different from the words on their own Keep 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.

  • I 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.

Kick off (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.

Kick out [Kick somebody out] When you kit somebody out, you tell them to leave as place as they are no longer welcome there.

  • He was kicked out for being rude.

Kick up [Kick something up] (controversy, fuss, row, stink) When you kick something up, you complain or react angrily to something, maybe causing a problem. Stir up

  • After kicking up a fuss we got a room overlooking the pool.
  • She has kicked up a controversy with her racial remarks.

Kit out [Kit somebody out, kit something out] When you 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 back 1 drink [Knock something back] When you knock something back, you drink it quickly.

  • He knocked back his drink and poured another.
  • He knocked back his beer and left.

2 cost [Knock somebody back something].- When something knocks you back some money, that's what it cost you. Set back

  • The new car knocked me back quite a bit.

3 reject [Knock something back].- (offer, plan, proposal) When you knock something back, you reject it.

  • A controversial planning proposal has been knocked back by the government.
  • The player knocked back their offer to join the club

4 delay [Knock somebody back].- When something knocks you back, there's a slight problem and it delays you. Set back

  • The West Ham result has knocked us back a bit.
  • The goal has knocked them back a bit.
  • That defeat knocked us back a fair bit.

Knock off 1 finish work (insep) When you knock off, you finish work.

  • Yesterday afternoon the guys decided to just knock off early and go bowling.

2 reduce (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.
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