keep good time


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keep good time

1. To tell the correct time. Said of a watch, clock, or other such timepiece. Even after all these years, my grandfather's pocket watch still keeps good time.
2. To tend to be prompt and on time. Don't worry, he keeps good time. If he said he'd be here at 6 sharp, then that's when we'll see him.
3. To be able to maintain a consistent rhythm in accompaniment to music. She has a wonderful voice, but she sadly doesn't keep good time at all.
See also: good, keep, time
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

keep good time

[for a watch or clock] to be accurate. I have to return my watch to the store because it doesn't keep good time. Mine keeps good time.
See also: good, keep, time
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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