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keep from something
to avoid doing something; to refrain from doing something. How could I keep from crying? It was so sad! Try to keep from falling off the ladder.
keep someone from someone or something
to hold someone away from someone or something; to prevent someone from getting at someone or something. You must keep the child from her mother until the mother is infection-free. It is hard to keep a child from the playground, even a sick child. I could hardly keep myself from the dessert table.
keep something from someone
not to tell something to someone. Why did you keep the news from me? I needed to know. This matter shouldn't have been kept from me.
keep (you) from doing something
to prevent you from doing something We couldn't keep ourselves from laughing. Even the mounting phone bills didn't keep him from calling her twice a day.
keep something from you
to prevent you from learning about something He's seriously ill, and I don't think it's right to keep it from the children.
1. Withhold; also, prevent. For example, What information are you keeping from me? or Please keep your dog from running through our garden. [c. 1340]
2. Restrain oneself, hold oneself back, as in I can hardly keep from laughing. [c. 1340]
1. To prevent someone or something from doing something: The tape is there to keep the pages from falling apart. This constant noise is keeping me from my work.
2. To refrain from doing something: I couldn't keep from having a little snack before dinner.
3. To prevent some information from becoming known by someone or something: They kept the news of the accident from the newspapers.