keep (some kind of) hours

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keep (some kind of) hours

1. To maintain a particular pattern or schedule of being awake and asleep. Because of the huge time difference, Sam has kept really strange hours since coming back from Japan. It's important that the kids start keeping regular hours when they are young, since having unpredictable bedtimes can cause a lot of problems with sleep.
2. To maintain particular business hours. The local doctor has always kept rather irregular hours. Sometimes it just comes down to luck whether he'll be there at all on a given day.
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keep... ˈhours

if you keep regular, strange, etc. hours, the times at which you do things, especially getting up or going to bed, are regular, strange, etc: Keeping irregular hours is hard on children, so try to set a regular bedtime and a regular time to get up.
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Contingency fee lawyers dont have the same incentive to keep hours, Trifel said.
It is important for the supermarket pharmacy to keep hours comparable with the big chain stores, Tow notes.
When it comes to teachers he said they will keep hours as per their contracts with the school and in line with the labour law prevalent during the Ramadan.
The CBO also mentions other reasons the growth potential is "much slower than the average since 1950'': "Changes in people's economic incentives caused by federal tax and spending policies set in current law are expected to keep hours worked and potential output .
The book's consideration of the literature of "these frozen axes the almost unimaginable spaces which keep hours and seasons in their place and make the North cold and the South hot and the East early and the West late" is unusual and compelling and establishes a solid framework for further scrutiny of the stories and histories of polar exploration and frozen ships.
Max Norris, a chiropractor in Huntsville, will also keep hours at New Moon Health Spa.
Bristling with energy and ideas, she and her staff keep hours more typical of a Silicon Valley start-up than some "let's-do-lunch" competitors.