keep (some kind of) hours

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keep (some kind of) hours

1. To maintain a particular pattern or schedule of being awake and asleep. Because of the huge time difference, Sam has kept really strange hours since coming back from Japan. It's important that the kids start keeping regular hours when they are young, since having unpredictable bedtimes can cause a lot of problems with sleep.
2. To maintain particular business hours. The local doctor has always kept rather irregular hours. Sometimes it just comes down to luck whether he'll be there at all on a given day.
See also: hour, keep, kind

keep... ˈhours

if you keep regular, strange, etc. hours, the times at which you do things, especially getting up or going to bed, are regular, strange, etc: Keeping irregular hours is hard on children, so try to set a regular bedtime and a regular time to get up.
See also: hour
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It is not uncommon in the hotel profession to keep odd hours like in evenings or on the weekends or even on public holidays.
There is also a characteristic that computer folk and academics share: a tendency to keep odd hours.
I keep odd hours and one minute will look like something the cat dragged in.