keep it up
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keep it up
To continue doing something in the same manner or to the same level of proficiency. You're doing a great job so far, James! Keep it up! I can't continue working like this. If I keep it up much longer, I'll get totally burned out. I've told you already to stop messing around, Janet! Keep it up, and I'll send you to the principal's office.
1. Literally, to physically hold or maintain something in an upright position or at a certain level. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is sometimes used between "keep" and "up." Do you think these pushpins will be strong enough to keep up the posterboard? Hopefully these braces will keep the structure up until we can come up with a more permanent solution.
2. To prevent someone from sleeping by making noise, distracting them, etc. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "keep" and "up." Please stop shouting! You'll keep up your mother, and she has an early day tomorrow. No, I don't mind if you read with the light one—it won't keep me up. Thinking about all the problems in the world keeps me up at night sometimes.
3. To maintain or adhere to an agreement. How can I trust you if you never keep up your end of the bargain?
4. To maintain something to an expected or acceptable level. Keeping up the exterior of the house has been a lot more work than I expected. Were you able to keep up your garden this year? I'd like to keep up my painting, but it's tough with two young kids.
5. To move or progress at the same rate as others. My leg was hurt, but I was able to keep up with the rest of the team during our run. Keeping up with the go-getters in this office is a real challenge, but I think you're up to it. You can follow me if you want, but try to keep up.
6. To continue doing something in the way one has been doing it. Often used as an imperative, especially in the phrases "keep it up" and "keep up the good work." Wow, these look great. Keep up the good work, James! I can't continue working these long hours. If I keep it up, I'll get burned out. If you keep this up, you're going to get expelled.
7. To stay informed about something or in touch with someone by following the latest developments or communicating regularly. It's so hard to keep up with the news these days, especially when a huge story breaks every day. Have you been keeping up with your cousins? What's Mary Kate up to these days?
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Keep it up!
1. Keep up the good work!; Keep on doing it.; Keep (on) trying. Jane: I think I'm doing better in calculus. John: Keep it up! Sally: I can now jog for almost three miles. Fred: Great! Keep it up!
2. Just keep acting that way and see what happens to you. (Compare this with (Go ahead,) make my day!) John: You're just not doing what is expected of you. Bill: Keep it up! Just keep it up, and I'll quit right when you need me most. "Your behavior is terrible, young man! You just keep it up and see what happens," warned Alice. "Just keep it up!"
See also: keep
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
keep it up
Continue to do or maintain something, as in They were playing loud music, and they kept it up all night long. [Mid-1700s] Also see keep up, def. 4.
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.
ˌkeep it ˈupused to tell somebody to continue doing something as well as they are already doing it: They’ve done well so far. I just wonder how long they can keep it up.
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