keep/break your word

break (one's) word

To fail to act as one has promised. Tom said he'd help us move, but he broke his word and failed to show. If you keep flaking out, you're going to become known as someone who breaks their word.
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keep (one's) word

To do as one has promised. Tom always keeps his word, so if he promised to help you move, then he'll be here.
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break one's word

not to do what one said one would do; not to keep one's promise. (Compare this with keep one's word.) Don't say you'll visit your grandmother if you can't go. She hates people to break their word. If you break your word, she won't trust you again.
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keep one's word

to uphold one's promise; to do as one says. (The opposite of break one's word.) I told her I'd be there to pick her up, and I intend to keep my word. Keeping one's word is necessary in the legal profession.
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keep/break your ˈword

do/fail to do what you have promised: Do you think she’ll break her word and tell everyone?
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