the company (one) keeps

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the company (one) keeps

The people with whom one associates or spends time. It's hard as a parent to monitor the company your child keeps without being too controlling of their lives. You can tell a lot about a person by looking at the company they keep.
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the ˈcompany somebody keeps

the people with whom somebody spends time: People disapprove of the company he keeps.
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References in classic literature ?
which, I think, is thus expressed in English, "You may know him by the company he keeps.
Well, my dear, ask your uncle what sort of company he keeps, and if he is not banded with a set of loose, profligate young men, whom he calls his friends, his jolly companions, and whose chief delight is to wallow in vice, and vie with each other who can run fastest and furthest down the headlong road to the place prepared for the devil and his angels.
They say a man can be known by the company he keeps," retorted the old man, "and why not a brute?
Throughout the book, however, runs an inescapable feeling that the writer is little more than a tourist with a somewhat peculiar itinerary, Although Pelton is indeed a courageous observer, there is more than a touch of self-conscious machismo in his adventures, a Hemingway-like hunger to have his prowess praised and acknowledged, This is understandable enough, especially given the company he keeps, but it does have the effect of reducing the tormented lands he visits to an Indiana Jones backdrop.