keep it down


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keep (someone or something) down

1. To maintain something in a lowered position. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is sometimes used between "keep" and "down." Just make sure you keep down the umbrella if it starts to get windy. I like to keep the top down on my convertible even when it gets a little cold.
2. To ensure that something cannot move from its position, typically with placing something on top of it or with attaching it to something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "keep" and "down." I have a nice heavy paperweight that keeps my papers down when a breeze comes through the office We'll need to use some strong tape to keep this panel down.
3. To suppress someone's potential or prevent them from improving, advancing, etc. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "keep" and "down." I feel like my boss has really been keeping me down with not letting me sit in on these meetings. Don't let setbacks like this keep you down—you have to keep trying.
4. To maintain at a low level or prevent from increasing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is sometimes used between "keep" and "down." The board hopes to keep down tuition rates to stay competitive with other schools. Please keep your voices down during the ceremony.
5. To avoid vomiting after one has eaten when one is ill, especially with a stomach ailment. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is sometimes used between "keep" and "down." I haven't been able to keep any solids down since Tuesday, but I've been drinking plenty of fluids. Do you think you could keep down some soup?
See also: down, keep

keep it down

To be quiet or stop making a lot of noise. Often used as a command. Can you guys keep it down? I'm trying to sleep. Keep it down before the neighbors call the police!
See also: down, keep

keep it down (to a dull roar)

Fig. to keep quiet or as quiet as possible. Keep it down, you kids! Please try to keep it down to a dull roar, could you?
See also: down, keep