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

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

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.
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References in classic literature ?
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.
No, I can only wear one, and that is no use, for Archie will keep his word I'm sure
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.
Im an oath keeper who has proven to keep his word as Sheriff and Army Officer, Babeu said.
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.
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.
The Conservative leader plays the straight guy, vowing to restore public trust in politicians by pledging to keep his word.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated again he will keep his word to Azerbaijan.
Which politician is the most likely to be trusted by the British public to keep his word, according to a new poll?
The National Union of Teachers condemned Mr Johnson, who is a front-runner to become the next deputy leader of the Labour Party, for failing to keep his word.
Bush to keep his word and have Iraq begin paying for all of the expenses of keeping our troops and civilians there.
If he doesn't keep his word, Hollywood will be revealed as a greedy hypocrite.