keep chair

keep (one's) chair

obsolete To remain seated (in one's chair). The ship pitched back and forth so violently in the storm that it was impossible to keep one's chair. I have asked the audience to keep their chairs until the very end of the performance.
See also: chair, keep
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keep one's chair

 and keep one's seat
Fig. to stay seated; to remain in one's chair or place. That's all right. Keep your chair. I'll find my own way out. Please keep your seats until after the question-and-answer period.
See also: chair, keep
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Upon my soul you are a happy fellow, who have not been in town above a fortnight, and can keep chairs waiting at your door till two in the morning." He then ran on with much commonplace raillery of the same kind, till Jones at last interrupted him, saying, "I suppose you have received all this information from Mrs Miller, who hath been up here a little while ago to give me warning.
A restaurant sign said: "Please keep chair on position and keep table cleaned after dying."
He explained: "The party Barzani lives in deep and they would have to wait because of a perfect storm of political malfeasance and custom actions taken against his opponents in the Kurdistan region." Abdalova pointed out that " Kurdistan Democratic Party sacrifice all national gains and achievements of Kurdish issue in order to keep chair of presidency of Massoud Barzani," he said.
Dedicate one key person to keep chair production on a roll and put someone else in charge of this new venture.
We used to keep chairs and table outside so that customers could sit and enjoy their food.
Keep chairs a good distance from the corners of other furniture, mantels, shelves or pillars.