keep bad company

keep bad company

To spend time with unsavory people. You are keeping some bad company these days, Bill, and if you get arrested, I am not bailing you out! Sure, my mom thinks that I've started keeping bad company, but my new friends are just so much fun!
See also: bad, company, keep

get into/keep bad ˈcompany

be friends with people that others disapprove of: I’m worried about Joe — I think he’s getting into bad company.
See also: bad, company, get, keep
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She doesn't keep bad company and she comes home when we tell her.
In my experience, women do this by kissing men they would normally refuse to buy a copy of The Big Issue from, or by urinating in the street then laughing (although I do tend to keep bad company so that might not apply across the board).
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If you choose to keep bad company it does not mean you are guilty.