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treat them mean, keep them keen

Neglecting a romantic partner (or a potential romantic partner) keeps him or her interested in you. A: "Why hasn't Tom called me yet? I thought he liked me." B: "Maybe he thinks that 'treat them mean, keep them keen' actually works."
See also: keen, keep, treat

be as keen as mustard

To be very enthusiastic about something. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. These new kids are as keen as mustard to be in the choir, so we can definitely get them to clean up the choir room for us.
See also: keen, mustard

be keen about

To be excited about or interested in something. Rich is very keen about this cruise he's planned for the fall. Don't take this opportunity if you aren't keen about it.
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be keen on

To be excited about or interested in someone or something. I'm glad that Jimmy and Lena are finally going on a date, since he's been keen on her for months. Don't take this opportunity if you aren't keen on it.
See also: keen, on

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: doing, 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
References in classic literature ?
Adam understood her pain, for he had been keenly interested in poor Lilla.
My heart was heavy that morning: I felt the unacknowledged estrangement that had grown up between us very keenly.
The woods about this point fall away to the left and the right, while the road curves upwards and the wind sweeps keenly over the swelling uplands.
He sat down, his ears keenly alert to the flood of protest and indignation his words had created.
And so keenly did men feel the human interests of such things as were now taught, that we have come to call grammar, rhetoric, poetry, Greek and Latin the Humanities, and the professor who teaches these thing the professor of Humanity.
He attacked it furiously on every opportunity, and human nature is such that Barbicane felt more keenly the opposition of that one man than he did the applause of all the others.
I had serious thoughts of getting a pitcher of water and extinguishing that light too; but it was evident his curiosity was too keenly excited to be quenched by that, and the more I manifested my anxiety to baffle his scrutiny, the greater would be his determination to persist in it besides it was too late.
But he had not in the least expected that the election would so interest him, so keenly excite him, and that he would be so good at this kind of thing.
Sabin leaned upon his stick and watched keenly for any sign in the other's face.
He sat on one side of the small table, looking keenly at himself on the other side with his chin sunk on his breast, snoring.
Jockey James McDonald had his hands full - trying to organise Hauraki who raced a trifle too keenly towards the rear of the 10-strong field before moving up to mid-division from where he appeared to have every chance in a closely-contested race.
We can expect, therefore, that any promising prospects this series will be keenly contested.
Obviously the international community are keenly interested in the formation of an effective government here in Lebanon.
Although the score-line might suggest otherwise the game was keenly contested, particularly during the second period (of three).
Summary: Moroccan Foreign Minister Taib Fassi Fihri said, on Sunday in Rabat, that Morocco keenly follows what is going on on the international stage with regard to Libya