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for keeps

1. For a very long period of time, possibly forever. I'm sorry, but you're stuck with me. As my husband, you have me for keeps.
2. For one to maintain or take ownership of. I would have returned the mug to you sooner, but I thought you gave it to me for keeps.
3. With determination to do or complete something. This is it, girls, the last game of the season. So go out there and play for keeps.
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for keeps

forever. Does that mean I'm going to have this scar for keeps? This is yours for keeps. Enjoy it.
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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]
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for keeps

permanently, indefinitely. informal
2005 Taipei Times When he quits for keeps, Sanders probably will be asked to return to the TV studio.
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for ˈkeeps

(informal) permanently; for ever: ‘Are you really giving me this beautiful ring?’ ‘Yes, it’s yours. For keeps.’
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for keeps

mod. forever. Does that mean I’m going to have this scar for keeps?
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for keeps

1. For an indefinitely long period: gave the ring to me for keeps.
2. Seriously and permanently: We're separating for keeps.
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