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keep (something of someone's or something's)

to retain something that belongs to or is associated with someone or something. I would love to keep this handkerchief of yours. I want to keep a memento of the occasion.

keep

/hold (one's) peace
To be silent.

keep

/know (one's) place
To recognize one's social position and act according to traditional decorum.
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If we can but keep them in play," said the Bohemian, "it is likely that these flames may bring us succor if there be any true men in the country.
The wood had been soaked in oil, for in an instant it was ablaze, and a long, hissing, yellow flame licked over the heads of the defenders, and drove them further up to the first floor of the keep.
I'll try to do and be anything you want me, if you'll only keep me," said Anne, returning meekly to her ottoman.
And let's have a Roll of Honour in Our Magazine," suggested Felix, "and every month we'll publish the names of those who keep their resolutions perfect.
Well, it will be all the easier to keep the resolution," argued Peter.
Of course we'll have to stay in the cabin," she said to Uncle Henry and the other passengers, "and keep as quiet as possible until the storm is over.
No one wanted to risk such an accident as that, you may be sure; so all the passengers stayed huddled up in the dark cabin, listening to the shrieking of the storm and the creaking of the masts and rigging and trying to keep from bumping into one another when the ship tipped sidewise.
If it's rational, you'll be able to keep up the same system with hired labor," said Sviazhsky.
We have no machines, no good stock, no efficient supervision; we don't even know how to keep accounts.
The bells had not been struck; there had been no reliefs; the ship's routine had gone down wind; but he was trying to keep her head north-north-east.
I fixed my umbrella also in the step at the stern, like a mast, to stand over my head, and keep the heat of the sun off me, like an awning; and thus I every now and then took a little voyage upon the sea, but never went far out, nor far from the little creek.
It will keep me,' says I, 'if you will let me live with you.
For her I with my own hands left a packet at the prison, on my way here, with a letter of instructions, "FOR HIS SAKE"--she will do anything for his sake--to keep it without breaking the seal, in case of its being reclaimed before the hour of shutting up to-night--if it should not be reclaimed before the ringing of the prison bell, to give it to him; and it encloses a second copy for herself, which he must give to her.
You will be the worse for it, Fagin, if I do; and so I tell you in good time to keep clear of me.
Even Short seemed to change in this respect, and to mingle with his good-nature something of a desire to keep them in safe custody.