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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Yet census takers are unlikely to have an easy time in a country with a deep suspicion of government officials and a large floating population of migrant workers who keep irregular hours and may live in temporary accommodation.
Census takers are unlikely to have an easy time in a country nervous of government officials and a large floating population of migrant workers who keep irregular hours and may live in temporary accommodation.
This profile included people who do not have a job and keep irregular hours, people who pay in advance and only with cash, tenants receiving unusual amounts of packages and insist on handling the parcels themselves, and people who insist on first floor apartments.
Because of her hectic schedule - Cherie is a successful employment lawyer reputed to earn more than pounds 125,000 a year - she is forced to keep irregular hours at the gym.