keep about

keep (someone or something) about

1. To continue to have someone or something at hand or in close proximity. Whether you rent or own your home, you should always keep a good toolkit about. Sometimes it feels like the boys I hang out with at school only keep me about in order to make fun of me.
2. To keep someone or something in various places around something or some location. We decided to start keeping more security guards about the premises after last month's break-ins. Life vests and life buoys are kept all about the ship.
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keep someone or something about

 and keep someone or something around
to have someone or something nearby habitually. Try to keep some spare parts about. He doesn't work very hard, but we keep him around anyway.
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