keep (one's) 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.
See also: keep, word
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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.
See also: keep, word
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

keep one's word

Honor one's promises, as in You can count on Richard; he'll keep his word. This expression employs word in the sense of "a promise," a usage dating from the late 1500s. For an antonym, see go back on.
See also: keep, word
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

keep/break your ˈword

do/fail to do what you have promised: Do you think she’ll break her word and tell everyone?
See also: break, keep, word
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A mad piper, indeed, this spring, with his wonderful lying music,--ever lying, yet ever convincing, for when was Spring known to keep his word? Yet year after year we give eager belief to his promises.
The history records that Sancho did not sleep that afternoon, but in order to keep his word came, before he had well done dinner, to visit the duchess, who, finding enjoyment in listening to him, made him sit down beside her on a low seat, though Sancho, out of pure good breeding, wanted not to sit down; the duchess, however, told him he was to sit down as governor and talk as squire, as in both respects he was worthy of even the chair of the Cid Ruy Diaz the Campeador.
My lord and husband the duke, though not one of the errant sort, is none the less a knight for that reason, and will keep his word about the promised island, in spite of the envy and malice of the world.
The king came in the morning, and, finding all he wanted, was forced to keep his word; so he married the miller's daughter, and she really became queen.
"No, I can only wear one, and that is no use, for Archie will keep his word I'm sure!" Rose was so mortified and grieved at this downfall of her hopes that she spoke sharply, and would not take the ring the deserter offered her.
Neophyte Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go said Tuesday he believes the President will keep his word as he described him as a 'man of one's word.'
But I do know him and I keep his word. Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad." So the Jews said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?" Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM." So they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.
Now the time has come Koukash may have to keep his word.
So I believe he'll keep his word to us as soon as we separate ourselves from the noose of the EU.
Speaking about Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's visit to Kosovo Tuesday, Serbia's Defense Minister, Aleksandar Vulin, said Zaev didn't keep his word.
"Hopefully, Mike can keep his word and we can do what we want to do."
Cameron needs to keep his word and keep the unwanted out, not encouraging them by taking from our own people so that they can live a good life.
Addressing a press conference at a protest camp against load-shedding outside Punjab Assembly, the PTI leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed said Shahbaz had claimed to eradicate load-shedding from Punjab in six months during the election campaign, and exclaimed his name be changed if he failed to keep his word.
After departure of the aircraft with Kurmanbek Bakiev, Janysh Bakiev promised to surrender to the law enforcement agencies on April 16 at 10.00 am, but he did not keep his promise, Edil Baisalov, Chief of the Interim Government Chair's Executive Office said at the press conference in Kabar national news agency today."The Interim Government urges him not to defend with women and civilians, not to escalate the situation, but to keep his word," Edil Baisalov said.Roza Otunbaeva appeared on the national television channel today in a move to explain the people of Kyrgyzstan why the decision was made to expel Kurmanbek Bakiev and said that the Interim Government did not hold any talks with him.