keep to (something or oneself)

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keep to (something or oneself)

1. To adhere to something, such as a plan or a rule; to stick to something. Please keep to the plan, and everything will go smoothly. How can I trust you if you never keep to your promises?
2. To stay somewhere or to not go away or far from somewhere, typically because of some restriction. Keep the front yard, kids—I don't want to see you running in the street. The princess hated that she always had to keep to the castle.
3. To refrain from attempting to communicate or make connections with others. If you want to make friends, you can't keep to yourself all the time. Start meeting people! The old man down the streets always keeps to himself. I just realized I don't even know his name.
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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 something to oneself

to keep something a secret. I want you to keep this news to yourself. This should be kept to yourself.
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keep to oneself

to be solitary; to stay away from other people. Ann tends to keep to herself. She doesn't have many friends. I try to keep to myself each morning so I can get some work done.
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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 to oneself

1. Also, keep oneself to oneself. Shun the company of others, value one's privacy, as in She kept to herself all morning, or, as Doris Lessing put it in In Pursuit of the English (1960): "She keeps herself to herself so much." [Late 1600s]
2. Refrain from revealing, hold secret, as in He promised to keep the news to himself. Also see the synonym keep under one's hat.
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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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References in classic literature ?
Not many leagues from here is a tribe of Jews whose ancestors fled thither after an unsuccessful revolt against King David, and these their descendants are still under a ban and keep to themselves.
In spite of odd ways they were said to be, for the most part, quite respectable; but they preferred to keep to themselves.
Probably its regular visitants, like the initiates of freemasonry, wished that there were something a little more tremendous to keep to themselves concerning it; but they were not a closed community, and many decent seniors as well as juniors occasionally turned into the billiard-room to see what was going on.
Running with the Hounds" speaks to the burdens of memory that veterans of every war keep to themselves.
While the players decided to keep to themselves on Saturday, they travelled to Colombo on Sunday for the second Test starting on Thursday.
Daley, who's in a relationship with 39-year-old Oscar-winning screenwriter and gay rights activist, Dustin Lance Black, added that people should keep to themselves and shouldn't be bothered by his choices.
Instead an increasing number of residents appear to be happy to keep to themselves, viewing the family next door as complete strangers.
Only minutes from the industry of Swansea and Port Talbot, Gower is still a secret and private place the locals like to keep to themselves.
They keep to themselves, but that time our barn caught fire they were
The internet is a wonderful tool, but there can be no substitute for seeing the actual paintings, which is not a privilege councillors should keep to themselves.
Dalhousie Road is in a secluded part of rural Nova Scotia where people keep to themselves and where Pru Burbridge and her family decide to settle.
we guarantee that W Cafe brings an international flavour to our sense of playful luxury, while offering a place for locals to relax, enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, keep to themselves or meet interesting people," said Safak Guvenc, general manager of W Doha.
She settles in quickly, and finds the most intriguing thing about her new school to be the Cullen family, a group of four amazingly beautiful young people who keep to themselves in school.
After all, choosing a product on a whim because it contains an "instant win--inside wrapper" type of promotion, or some kind of scratch-card option, is something most people keep to themselves.
Cabbie Mohammed Aksar, a father of five from St Margaret's Road, said: "They always keep to themselves and seemed religious and quiet.