keep (one's) place

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keep (one's) place

To be aware of the limit of one's role in a particular place or situation. I keep my place and don't bother the CEO when I see him around the office. I'm just an intern, after all.
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keep one's place

Fig. to exhibit only the behavior appropriate to one's position or status in life. When I complained about the food, they told me to keep my place! I suggest you keep your place until you're in a position to change things.
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References in classic literature ?
One had simply to be without stain and without reproach to keep one's place in the forefront of life.
The celebrity status, however, would do no good in the highly controversial Pakistan cricketing set-up where there is constant battle to keep one's place and performance is the only way to stand tall.
For some reason, the reviews are numbered in a separate sequence that continues consecutively from work to work, making it difficult to keep one's place. For example, the entry for Symphonic Sketches (W19) is spread over nine pages, four of which are devoted to performances and another four to reviews.
Three bookmarks are recommended for the full enjoyment of this book: one to keep one's place; another for the fascinating notes; and the third, for the equally interesting glossary.