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keep (something of someone's or something's)

to retain something that belongs to or is associated with someone or something. I would love to keep this handkerchief of yours. I want to keep a memento of the occasion.

keep

/hold (one's) peace
To be silent.

keep

/know (one's) place
To recognize one's social position and act according to traditional decorum.
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References in classic literature ?
Well, of course me and Huck are going to keep mum there, but if you don't keep mum yourself there's going to be a little bit of a risk--it ain't much, maybe, but it's a little.
We have no machines, no good stock, no efficient supervision; we don't even know how to keep accounts.
Tom scored his accounts, and resolved to keep to the very letter of his reform, and never to put that will in jeopardy again.
Assuming that the admiral was likely to keep all his important documents within easy reach of his own hand, she might now feel certain that the Secret Trust was secured in one or other of the rooms in the north wing.
And remember," said the Doctor, "that if you do not keep your promise--if you start killing and stealing again, I shall hear of it, because the canaries will come and tell me.
This would make his position more secure and durable, as it has made that of the Turk in Greece, who, notwithstanding all the other measures taken by him for holding that state, if he had not settled there, would not have been able to keep it.
Crooks and Le Clerc across the river, with the remainder of the meat, as the other party were to keep up along the opposite bank.
he broke out, a great hopeless HOW ON EARTH CAN I KEEP YOU?
If you wish to inflict a heartless and malignant punishment upon a young person, pledge him to keep a journal a year.
His position was the more difficult because with his salary of twelve hundred rubles he had not only to keep himself, his mother, and Sonya, but had to shield his mother from knowledge of their poverty.
At any cost he had to avoid that terror, and to keep it away he must do something--occupy himself with something.
This mutual man-hunt must keep up until one got the other.
To keep up with them, the two men were compelled to run.
     My name unblemished I shall keep.
Unscathed they fought their way to the door of the keep, and faced round upon the swarming mob, while the squire thrust the great key into the lock.