earn its keep

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earn its keep

To be so valuable as to be worth keeping. This device can be used in so many ways that it's really earned its keep in my kitchen.
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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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Steve Bell, Castleford, South Yorks There 2 is a handsome repeat-flowering modern shrub rose with fully double, peony-shaped flowers of rich pink that earns its keep by pumping out blooms during the whole summer.
It also earns its keep in apartment and condominium complexes.
All these products made from diverted materials would instead have to be purchased from the outside, which is one way the 4800 earns its keep at the facility.
In this final installment, we'll help you find out if your hard work is paying off and make sure the Website earns its keep.
The nose earns its keep by translating chemical stimuli into neural signals that ultimately convey, say, the smell of smoke or lasagna.