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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I went though a low [point] in my life and someone said you are the company you keep. So I started hanging out with successful people.
YOU'RE only as old as the company you keep, and doesn't outlaw Willie Nelson know it!
Articles from fall of 2002 to winter of 2006 discuss topics ranging from a discussion of the value of the Head Start program to the extremely deleterious effects of associating with thieving, harmful or shifty individuals in the realm of business (as one of Aesop's fables warns, "You are judged by the company you keep"), to disaster preparedness lessons that can be drawn from the devastation left by hurricane Katrina.
Obviously it is sharpened by what you read, the company you keep. But it seems deeper than that.