in keeping with


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in keeping with (something)

Conforming to or in compliance with something. In keeping with the family's wishes, we're declining to make a comment on the case at this point in time. The new building was designed in keeping with the Georgian style of the city's older structures.
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in keeping with

Conforming to, in harmony with, as in The new wing is in keeping with the house's original architecture, or His actions are not in keeping with his words. This expression uses keeping in the sense of "harmony," as does its antonym, out of keeping with, as in The funeral arrangements were out of keeping with the family's wishes. [c. 1800] Also see in key; in line.
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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.
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