keep (oneself) to (oneself)

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keep (oneself) to (oneself)

To refrain from attempting to communicate or make connections with others. You'll never make friends if you keep yourself to yourself all the time. The old man down the street always kept himself to himself. I never even knew his name until my parents pointed out his obituary.
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keep oneself to oneself

to remain aloof. He does tend to keep himself to himself. Keep yourself to yourself, and you'll be all right there.
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keep to something

to adhere to an agreement; to follow a plan; to keep a promise. Please keep to the agreed-upon plan. Can you keep to what we agreed on?
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keep oneself to oneself

see under keep to oneself.
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keep to

1. Adhere to, conform to, as in Let's keep to the original purpose of this will. [Early 1600s]
2. Confine oneself to, as in Whenever she didn't feel well, she kept to her bed. Also see keep to oneself.
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keep yourself to yourself

avoid contact or communication with others; be retiring and solitary.
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keep yourˌself to yourˈself

avoid meeting people socially or becoming involved in their affairs: My neighbour keeps himself to himself. We smile and say ‘good morning,’ but that’s all.
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keep to

v.
1. To refrain from venturing away from some place or activity: Because of the rain, the kids mostly kept to their rooms.
2. To adhere to some plan; stick with something: We should ignore these new projects and keep to the original purpose of our organization.
3. To remain private, unsociable, or uncommunicative. Used reflexively: The people at the party were not very friendly, so I kept to myself.
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keep to (oneself)

1. To shun the company of others: She kept to herself all morning.
2. To refrain from divulging: He kept the news to himself.
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In crowded situations we go out of our way to keep ourselves to ourselves.
A couple in their 60s told the Daily Post: "We've lived here for 30 years and just keep ourselves to ourselves.
We keep ourselves to ourselves and I think we lead a pretty normal life.
He said: "We keep ourselves to ourselves here, and we don't hear what's going on outside.
Some clubs may hold quiz sessions or whatever but our manager Jackie McNamara has allowed us to keep ourselves to ourselves and he's not the kind of person who changes routine.
But we all keep ourselves to ourselves, and they did the same.
We keep ourselves to ourselves and since this man entered my home and threatened me I have been terrified.
We are a small family who keep ourselves to ourselves so this has really overwhelmed us, it's so lovely to see.
He said: "My wife heard a lot of commotion on Thursday but we like to keep ourselves to ourselves round here because there's so much trouble.
One man, who lived in the same floor as Mr Wye but asked not to be named, said: "My wife heard of a load of commotion on Thursday but we like to keep ourselves to ourselves round here because there is so much trouble.
Mr Price, of Crosland Moor, told the Examiner: "We have always tried to keep ourselves to ourselves and stay off the road - but last Sunday's meeting was totally different.
Nobody fancied us but we have played well and won games and will just keep ourselves to ourselves and quietly go about our business and do the things that have worked for us so far.
But - and this affects every religion and denomination - if we keep ourselves to ourselves, how can we share our ideas?
Ashley, 21, said: "We used to keep ourselves to ourselves round here.
We try to keep ourselves to ourselves and I assure you the police were never near our door.