be/keep in with somebody

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be in with (someone)

1. To be in close association with someone or some group. I'm worried about Johnny—I think he's in with a dangerous group of people. I wish I were in with my brother's friends—they're all so cool!
2. To have a friendly relationship with a powerful or important person and, usually, benefit from it in some way. Now that I'm in with the CEO, I'm sure I can get you a job at our company.

keep in with (someone)

1. To attempt to maintain a friendly relationship with someone, especially if that person may be of some benefit or help. I've tried to keep in with the managing editor from my previous job, as she has a lot of useful business contacts from across the state.
2. To have someone or something remain in a particular place with one, someone, or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "keep" and "in." Amelia is petrified of dogs, so you need to keep Rover in with you until she leaves.
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keep someone or something in with someone or something

to locate people or things together, in any combination. I will keep Tom in with me until he gets his own room. We will keep the cat in with Tom until there is room elsewhere.
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be/keep (well) ˈin with somebody

(informal) be friendly with somebody, not because you like them, but because they may be useful to you: If you want to do well in this company, keep well in with the boss.
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