keep (one's) word

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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 one's word

Honor one's promises, as in You can count on Richard; he'll keep his word. This expression employs word in the sense of "a promise," a usage dating from the late 1500s. For an antonym, see go back on.
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If you can't keep your word, learn to zip your mouth.
But it seems the older you are, the longer you can keep your word for.
In business and in life it's essential to keep your word.
I will be saying very loudly to Mr Blair when I meet him, 'You have now got to keep your word.
We attempt to live our values and be diligent in following a wide-sweeping code of: 'Do the right thing, keep your word, and be honest and open;' and, we attempt to extend these values to our clients and colleagues.
Keep your words positive, because your words become your actions.