keep (one's) word

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keep (one's) word

To do as one has promised. Tom always keeps his word, so if he promised to help you move, then he'll be here.
See also: keep, word

keep one's word

to uphold one's promise; to do as one says. (The opposite of break one's word.) I told her I'd be there to pick her up, and I intend to keep my word. Keeping one's word is necessary in the legal profession.
See also: keep, word

keep one's word

Honor one's promises, as in You can count on Richard; he'll keep his word. This expression employs word in the sense of "a promise," a usage dating from the late 1500s. For an antonym, see go back on.
See also: keep, word
References in classic literature ?
We have put our hand to the plough, and we can't turn back," answered Miranda in her grimmest tone; "we've taken her away from her mother and offered her an education, and we've got to keep our word.
Now, and always, the United States will keep our word to our friends.
While W&H was merely a concept-two years ago, brokers and tenants knew who was behind it and that we keep our word, over and over again.
Here young readers will be vry nicely introduced to raptors: the hawks, eagles, turkey vultures and more who keep our word clean by hunting and scavenging.
There's no one better than children at helping us keep our word.
But Clinton said that not acting against Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic would discredit NATO by showing that ``we didn't keep our word.