keep to (something or oneself)

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keep to (something or oneself)

1. To adhere to something, such as a plan or a rule; to stick to something. Please keep to the plan, and everything will go smoothly. How can I trust you if you never keep to your promises?
2. To stay somewhere or to not go away or far from somewhere, typically because of some restriction. Keep the front yard, kids—I don't want to see you running in the street. The princess hated that she always had to keep to the castle.
3. 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 streets always keeps to himself. I just realized I don't even know his name.
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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 something to oneself

to keep something a secret. I want you to keep this news to yourself. This should be kept to yourself.
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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.
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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 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.
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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 ?
Norris could not possibly keep to herself, put an end to all intercourse between them for a considerable period.
If this is the first thing she wants to keep to herself, she should be allowed that," the source added.
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.
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.
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.
There are some things that a girl has to keep to herself.
4) Remarkably, one aspect of her life Delilah does manage to keep to herself is the large number of friends and acquaintances that attend her funeral at the end, a "secret" perhaps attributable to the fact that, despite living in the same home, Delilah and Bea occupy very segregated positions in the house and the community as well.