the company (one) keeps

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the company (one) keeps

The people with whom one associates or spends time. It's hard as a parent to monitor the company your child keeps without being too controlling of their lives. You can tell a lot about a person by looking at the company they keep.
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the ˈcompany somebody keeps

the people with whom somebody spends time: People disapprove of the company he keeps.
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Since the Publisher's Note indicates that Bandersnatch abridges The Company They Keep, it is worthwhile to compare the two books.
Similar to the chapter "conclusions" in The Company They Keep, each chapter in Banaersnatch ends with a section "Doing what they did" that encapsulates the chapter.
A Good Work Ethic: "People are judged by the company they keep. That's the same with the mentor-mentee relationship," says Johnson.
The paths that the far-ranging, virtually warm-blooded animals take and the company they keep remain "huge unknowns."
She is the author of a new book, The Company They Keep: Life Inside U.S.