earn keep

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Related to earn keep: keep in check, keep under wraps, keep abreast of, keep a low profile, keep pace with

earn one's keep

to help out with chores in return for food and a place to live; to earn one's pay by doing what is expected. I earn my keep at college by shoveling snow in the winter. Tom hardly earns his keep around here. He should be fired.
See also: earn, keep