keep (one) honest

keep (one) honest

1. To ensure that one continues to tell the truth. The company uses tracking software on their employees' computers to keep them honest when they report their hours. Tom kept trying to embellish the details of the story, but his girlfriend kept him honest.
2. To cause one to behave in a virtuous or appropriate manner. This legislation will help keep companies honest when it comes to how they handle their employees' pensions. I led a pretty rough-and-tumble life in the heyday of my youth, but my husband and three children keep me honest now.
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keep someone honest

to manage to make someone behave honestly and fairly and tell the truth. I love to tell about our vacations, and my wife is usually with me to keep me honest.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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