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have a keen interest in something

to have a strong interest in something; to be very interested in something. Tom had always had a keen interest in music, so he started a band. The children have a keen interest in having apet, so I bought them a cat.
See also: have, interest, keen

keen on doing something

willing or eager to do something. Dave isn't very keen on going to the opera. The children are keen on swimming this afternoon. Shall I take them?
See also: keen, on

keen on someone or something

 and keen about someone or something
to be enthusiastic about someone or something. I'm not too keen on going to Denver. Sally is fairly keen about getting a new job. Mary isn't keen on her new boss.
See also: keen, on

be as keen as mustard

  (British & Australian old-fashioned)
to be very eager Why don't we ask Tom to captain the cricket team? He's as keen as mustard.
See also: keen, mustard

keen about, be

Be enthusiastic about. For example, He's been keen about this whole endeavor for a long time. It is also put as be keen on, which has the additional meaning "to be ardent about or in love with," as in Jim's been keen on Jane for years. With other adverbs, such as keen at and keen of, keen has been so used since the early 1500s; the current locutions, however, date from the mid-1800s.
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peachy (keen)

mod. fine; excellent. Your idea is really peachy!
See also: keen, peachy
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After landing a job in retail during his first year out of college, Keener decided to venture into graduate programs, thinking his interests would be better suited in a different field.
Keener seeks to show the historical reliability of the Gospels; at the same time, he is interested in the theological concerns of the Gospels.
Kevin Keener, associate professor of food science, maintains that quick cooling of eggs after they are laid significantly would reduce the ability of salmonella to grow inside them and potentially keep consumers from getting sick.
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