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keep (one's) word

To do as one has promised. Tom always keeps his word, so if he promised to help you move, then he'll be here.
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keep one's word

to uphold one's promise; to do as one says. (The opposite of break one's word.) I told her I'd be there to pick her up, and I intend to keep my word. Keeping one's word is necessary in the legal profession.
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keep/break your ˈword

do/fail to do what you have promised: Do you think she’ll break her word and tell everyone?
See also: break, keep, word
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Keep words constructive, if you want to keep secrets under wraps please.
They were allowed to include an occasional word that would strengthen the collage, but were asked to keep words to a minimum.
However, you need to keep words and your mind clear to maximise success.
I limit the vocabulary, but I keep words that the child used.
We will try to keep words like gruelling and pressure away from the team and talk about opportunities and excitement and the chance to measure ourselves again.
Please let's keep words like heroes and heroines for people who really deserve them.