keep/break your word

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break (one's) word

To fail to act as one has promised. Tom said he'd help us move, but he broke his word and failed to show. If you keep flaking out, you're going to become known as someone who breaks their word.
See also: break, word

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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break one's word

not to do what one said one would do; not to keep one's promise. (Compare this with keep one's word.) Don't say you'll visit your grandmother if you can't go. She hates people to break their word. If you break your word, she won't trust you again.
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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
References in classic literature ?
I am sorry this has happened, but I never allow my rules to be infringed, and I never break my word. Miss March, hold out your hand."
'There, you chose my old woman's right hand; but I must not break my word.'
Liang said: "I had promised her a white wedding and I wasn't going to break my word to her.
That remains the position and I'm not going to break my word because to do so would be quite wrong.
However, I had already told the BBC that I would extend my contract with them and I did not want to break my word."
I didn't want to break my word," said Shearer, who has been working as a television pundit since he hung up his boots while also studying for his coaching badges.
"However, I had already told the BBC I would extend my contract with them and I did not want to break my word."