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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

yours forever When I give someone a present, it's for keeps.
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for keeps

  (informal)
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.
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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

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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