keep oneself to oneself


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keep (oneself) to (oneself)

To refrain from attempting to communicate or make connections with others. You'll never make friends if you keep yourself to yourself all the time. The old man down the street always kept himself to himself. I never even knew his name until my parents pointed out his obituary.
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keep oneself to oneself

to remain aloof. He does tend to keep himself to himself. Keep yourself to yourself, and you'll be all right there.
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keep oneself to oneself

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keep oneself to oneself, to

To be reserved and aloof, avoiding the company of others. Samuel Richardson used this phrase in Clarissa (1748), and it was repeated by numerous writers, some of whom pointed out that it was a quintessentially English form of behavior. “He kept, in popular parlance, himself to himself. Like many policemen, Dunday thought,” wrote British novelist Robert Barnard (Death and the Chaste Apprentice, 1989).
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