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
References in classic literature ?
It was not earning its keep. Therefore he did not dare to shoulder the risk of constructing a second system of wires, and at last consented to give licenses to private companies.
So, Faeth asks, is the supposed mutualist earning its keep?
THE coveted MG badge has been earning its keep of late - with the cute two-seater sportster leading the pack in the sales charts.