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keep (something) to (oneself)

To not share some thought, idea, opinion, or piece of information with anyone else. I think it's best that we keep this to ourselves until we can determine what impact it will have. I don't want your advice, so if you have any suggestions, just keep them to yourself!
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Keep this to yourself.

a phrase introducing something that is meant to be a secret. Andy: Keep this to yourself, but I'm going to Bora Bora on my vacation. Henry: Sounds great. Can I go too? John: Keep this to yourself. Mary and I are breaking up. Sue: I won't tell a soul.
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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 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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ˌkeep something to yourˈself

not tell other people about something: I don’t want John to know about this, so keep it to yourself. OPPOSITE: spread the word
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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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You didn't feel you had to talk a lot to be heard and most of the time you liked to keep things to yourself but I always knew how much you cared by the million and one things you did to let it show.
But other dilemmas are more complex, enough you've decided to keep things to yourself for the moment.
You'll hurt her a lot more if you keep things to yourself.
As a manager you try keep things to yourself but you have anticipated my thoughts.
The bravest thing to do is not keep things to yourself but to see what help is out there.
You may know how to keep things to yourself, but be ready when someone else doesn't.
You have a reputation for openness but if there is a side of you which likes to keep things to yourself it can come to the fore now.
Call me now to hear why you should keep things to yourself for now.
He admitted to displaying a more Swedish mentality on court: 'More in the mould of say, a Bjorn Borg or a Stefan Edberg - kind of keep things to yourself.
You may not want to reveal how you're feeling, what you're thinking or how you see things going and you have every right to keep things to yourself.
There is going to be a degree of transparency about you now, so it is probably best to keep things to yourself.
You won't be able to keep things to yourself when you realise what's really going on but you must
You may know how to keep things to yourself but be ready when another doesn't.
Better to keep things to yourself until you get to who exactly needs to know how you feel.