keep (some kind of) hours

(redirected from keep regular hours)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

keep (some kind of) hours

1. To maintain a particular pattern or schedule of being awake and asleep. Because of the huge time difference, Sam has kept really strange hours since coming back from Japan. It's important that the kids start keeping regular hours when they are young, since having unpredictable bedtimes can cause a lot of problems with sleep.
2. To maintain particular business hours. The local doctor has always kept rather irregular hours. Sometimes it just comes down to luck whether he'll be there at all on a given day.
See also: hour, keep, kind

keep... ˈhours

if you keep regular, strange, etc. hours, the times at which you do things, especially getting up or going to bed, are regular, strange, etc: Keeping irregular hours is hard on children, so try to set a regular bedtime and a regular time to get up.
See also: hour
References in periodicals archive ?
"No dealer today would think of opening a business and not have a telephone, nor would he not keep regular hours. The beauty of a Web site is it expands the communications potential beyond that of a simple telephone and expands business hours.
"I try to keep regular hours but can always change them at will."
They're also the first to admit that their business arrangement is rather loose - they don't keep regular hours, they're not overly concerned with evenly dividing profits, and they could probably manage their time a bit more efficiently.
My life is less stressful and I keep regular hours allowing me to spend more time with Julie and our baby.