keep (one's) word

(redirected from keep their word)

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

keep/break your ˈword

do/fail to do what you have promised: Do you think she’ll break her word and tell everyone?
See also: break, keep, word
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If the BBC can no longer afford the cost, then the Tories should keep their word and help with the funding.
But they did keep their word and return PS7300 to Stacey, 34, a software project manager.
LAHORE: Soon after the advent of winter, complaints of low gas pressure in various parts of the city areincreasing excessively.Government authorities failed to keep their word by assuring sufficient supply of gas.
America needs leaders who keep their word. As Sheriff and as an Army Officer, Ive kept my promises and delivered results, Sheriff Paul Babeu said.
They failed to keep their word. Figures we publish today show 67,000 disabled Scots - including those suffering from cancer and Parkinson's - are to have their benefits cut by the latest budget.
To assure someone you'll keep your word in Arabic we say, "Don't worry, put a watermelon in your stomach," meaning, "You can count on me." I'd like to throw that watermelon at whomever says it and then doesn't keep their word. Why is it so hard to say the truth, why can't we commit when we give promises?
Over-55s claim they can keep their word for at least a week, as opposed to under-25s who keep theirs for five days.
If, on the other hand, a deal is reached, how many of them will really keep their word? Even if the climate change idea was proved to be 100% true they will probably still go jetting around the world, as they always have, wasting more money and thinking up more ways to tax the public still further while telling 'themselves' Greenhouse Gases: What on Earth are they?
The only way to make them keep their word is to put pressure on them.
"This is a positive development and it shows the Swiss keep their word," she said.
Gams is seeking help from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and others to help protect the people and land in Chad and Cameroon by pressuring ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, and Petronas to disclose their financial Record and demonstrate their plan to keep their word or stop the project.
The two leaders, standing side by side in the Rose Garden of the White House, said they would keep their word to the Iraqi people and see the job through.
The two leaders, standing in the garden of the White House, said they would keep their word to the Iraqi people and see the job through.
LAHORE: Soon after the advent of winter, complaints of low gas pressure in various parts of the city are raising excessively.Government authorities failed to keep their word by assuring sufficient supply of gas.
Speaking outside court, he said: "It's rare that someone in public life is prepared to keep their word.