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forever. Does that mean I'm going to have this scar for keeps? This is yours for keeps. Enjoy it.
yours forever When I give someone a present, it's for keeps.
for ever 'Do you want your tennis racket back?' 'No, it's yours for keeps.' She said she's left him for keeps this time.See play for keeps
1. For the winner to retain, as in You can't take the marbles back; we were playing for keeps. [Mid-1800s]
2. For an indefinitely long time, forever, as in She is leaving town for keeps.
3. In earnest, seriously, as in We're separating for keeps. [Late 1800s]
mod. forever. Does that mean I’m going to have this scar for keeps?
1. For an indefinitely long period: gave the ring to me for keeps.
2. Seriously and permanently: We're separating for keeps.