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 to something

to adhere to an agreement; to follow a plan; to keep a promise. Please keep to the agreed-upon plan. Can you keep to what we agreed on?
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keep oneself to oneself

see under keep to oneself.
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keep to

1. Adhere to, conform to, as in Let's keep to the original purpose of this will. [Early 1600s]
2. Confine oneself to, as in Whenever she didn't feel well, she kept to her bed. Also see keep to oneself.
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keep yourself to yourself

avoid contact or communication with others; be retiring and solitary.
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keep yourˌself to yourˈself

avoid meeting people socially or becoming involved in their affairs: My neighbour keeps himself to himself. We smile and say ‘good morning,’ but that’s all.
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keep to

v.
1. To refrain from venturing away from some place or activity: Because of the rain, the kids mostly kept to their rooms.
2. To adhere to some plan; stick with something: We should ignore these new projects and keep to the original purpose of our organization.
3. To remain private, unsociable, or uncommunicative. Used reflexively: The people at the party were not very friendly, so I kept to myself.
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keep to (oneself)

1. To shun the company of others: She kept to herself all morning.
2. To refrain from divulging: He kept the news to himself.
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References in classic literature ?
"What's here?" said a sea lion gruffly, for as a rule the sea lions keep themselves to themselves.
In this day and age, it's more likely for people to keep themselves to themselves and think of number one.
"They keep themselves to themselves and I understand that they moved here from Birkby around six months ago.
It's very quiet as people keep themselves to themselves.
More than half (53%) of those who describe their street as friendly said everyone smiles when they bump into each other, while 45% of those in an unfriendly street said everyone keep themselves to themselves.
Another said: "They keep themselves to themselves, but they seem a really nice family."
Mr Gormley, who has bred canaries for more than 20 years, said: "A lot of breeders don't say they've got birds and keep themselves to themselves.
"People here keep themselves to themselves. It's such a shame."
Perhaps that explains why 14 percent of those who took part in the survey for removals company, Robinsons, deliberately moved to an area where neighbours keep themselves to themselves.
They keep themselves to themselves but they seem like decent people.
Neighbours said the couple, who moved in 11 years earlier, liked to keep themselves to themselves but were "pleasant".
from the village sure about her A resident, who asked not to be named, said: "A quiet couple live there who keep themselves to themselves.