been keeping out of trouble

(Have you) been keeping out of trouble?

A humorous way to ask one how they are or how they've been spending their time. I haven't seen you in so long! Been keeping out of trouble? A: "Been keeping out of trouble?" B: "Of course. With two toddlers, there's no time to get into trouble!" A: "It is so great to run into you! Have you been keeping out of trouble?" B: "Oh, yes—did I tell you I went back to school?"
See also: been, keeping, of, out

(I've been) keeping out of trouble

A humorous response to a question about one's well-being or activities. A: "What have you been up to?" B: "Oh, just keeping out of trouble." Of course I've been keeping out of trouble. With two toddlers, there's no time to get into trouble! I'm back in school, so, yes, I've been keeping out of trouble.
See also: keeping, of, out, trouble
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(I've) been keeping out of trouble.

 and (I've been) keeping out of trouble.
Fig. a standard response to a greeting inquiry that asks what one has been doing. John: What have you been doing, Fred? Fred: Been keeping out of trouble. John: Yeah. Me too. Mary: How are things, Tom? Tom: Oh, I've been keeping out of trouble.
See also: been, keeping, of, out, trouble
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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