keep to (oneself)

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keep to (oneself)

1. To refrain from attempting to communicate or make connections with others. If you want to make friends, you can't keep to yourself all the time. Start meeting people! The old man down the street always keeps to himself. I just realized I don't even know his name.
2. To not reveal or share some thought, idea, opinion, or piece of information with anyone else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "keep" and "to." Please tell them to keep the news to themselves for the time being. We're not ready to announce anything publicly yet. You really shouldn't keep your feelings to yourself like that.
See also: keep, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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?
See also: keep, to

keep something to oneself

to keep something a secret. I want you to keep this news to yourself. This should be kept to yourself.
See also: keep, to

keep to oneself

to be solitary; to stay away from other people. Ann tends to keep to herself. She doesn't have many friends. I try to keep to myself each morning so I can get some work done.
See also: keep, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: keep, to

keep to oneself

1. Also, keep oneself to oneself. Shun the company of others, value one's privacy, as in She kept to herself all morning, or, as Doris Lessing put it in In Pursuit of the English (1960): "She keeps herself to herself so much." [Late 1600s]
2. Refrain from revealing, hold secret, as in He promised to keep the news to himself. Also see the synonym keep under one's hat.
See also: keep, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ˌkeep something to yourˈself

not tell other people about something: I don’t want John to know about this, so keep it to yourself. OPPOSITE: spread the word
See also: keep, something, to
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: keep, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: keep, to
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Norris could not possibly keep to herself, put an end to all intercourse between them for a considerable period.
What she learned from them was too magical to keep to herself.
However, discussing her level of intimacy with Jason is probably something Sam would like to keep to herself rather than making it the topic of conversation with her mother and little sister.
In her tweet, she said that getting married was a moment she wanted to keep to herself and that the ceremony came together one morning on a quirk.
However, an elated Lydia Forson, who picked the 'Best Actress in Comedy' for her role in the movie 'Side Chic Gang', told JoyNews' MzGee she has resolved to keep to herself this year.
Trischler said the frequency of visitors made her uneasy and that she tried to keep to herself.
Amanda moves to the small Tennessee town where her father lives and tries unsuccessfully to keep to herself. Instead, she finds herself becoming close with a great set of friends and falling in love with a handsome and sensitive young man.
"Although she does tend to keep to herself, it is unlike her not to be in touch with anyone, whether friends or family, for this length of time.
A source revealed: "Georgia is a private person and there are things she likes to keep to herself.
Meanwhile, one of the problems with the drama is that Leach, for confidentiality reasons, has to keep to herself what West tells her - which means much of the potential drama has to remain in Emily Watson's head.
Fifi noted that currently she is trying to get close to God in different ways, which she wished to keep to herself saying that such matters are between a person and God.
Another eyewitness said: "She was walking around alone and trying to keep to herself."
That, I reckon, is the sort of put-down a more streetwise woman would keep to herself. See what I mean about naivety?
She tries to keep to herself and live as peaceful a life as possible, but once she finds wolves shot on her land and missing an ear, she sees this as a message and sets out to find out what is happening.
She'd rather keep to herself and just create her music.