earn its keep

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earn its keep

To be valuable enough to be worth keeping. This device can be used in so many ways that it's really earned its keep in my kitchen.
See also: earn, keep

earn its keep

If something earns its keep, it is worth the amount of money that it costs or the space that it takes up. In Bob's garden everything must earn its keep, with fruits and vegetables given priority over flowers. If you're short of storage space in your kitchen, whatever appliances you do have really need to earn their keep.
See also: earn, keep
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Cleveland Police's spotter plane, often slated by residents for being noisy, earned its keep as it helped catch an armed man and suspected burglars on Tuesday night.
My cheap little digital camera has already earned its keep. Seaside towns seem to be especially good for innovative ideas.
If there was art about something, that thing had earned its keep in the world.