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for keeps

1. For a very long period of time, possibly forever. I'm sorry, but you're stuck with me. As my husband, you have me for keeps.
2. For one to maintain or take ownership of. I would have returned the mug to you sooner, but I thought you gave it to me for keeps.
3. With determination to do or complete something. This is it, girls, the last game of the season. So go out there and play for keeps.
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for keeps

forever. Does that mean I'm going to have this scar for keeps? This is yours for keeps. Enjoy it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

for keeps

1. For the winner to retain, as in You can't take the marbles back; we were playing for keeps. [Mid-1800s]
2. For an indefinitely long time, forever, as in She is leaving town for keeps.
3. In earnest, seriously, as in We're separating for keeps. [Late 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

for keeps

permanently, indefinitely. informal
2005 Taipei Times When he quits for keeps, Sanders probably will be asked to return to the TV studio.
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for ˈkeeps

(informal) permanently; for ever: ‘Are you really giving me this beautiful ring?’ ‘Yes, it’s yours. For keeps.’
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for keeps

mod. forever. Does that mean I’m going to have this scar for keeps?
See also: for, keep
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

for keeps

1. For an indefinitely long period: gave the ring to me for keeps.
2. Seriously and permanently: We're separating for keeps.
See also: for, keep
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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