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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.- 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.

Keep on [Keep something on].- When you keep something on, you don't take 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.

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.
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