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 to 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 street 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 ?
I have only one request to make to you, and that is that you keep to yourself the knowledge which Mr.
Most things free-born will submit to anything for a salary; therefore, keep to yourself, and don't venture on generalities of which you are intensely ignorant.
379-381) `Telphusa, you were not, after all, to keep to yourself this lovely place by deceiving my mind, and pour forth your clear flowing water: here my renown shall also be and not yours alone?
And while I understand you don't want to break her trust, you're only 13 and this is too much to keep to yourself.
There are some secrets you've got to keep to yourself," he added.
A friend confides some secret which you will not be able to keep to yourself.
A friend tells a secret you won't be able to keep to yourself.
Watch for one person who may try to winkle out of you something you'd rather keep to yourself.
A chatty Moon could lighten things, but watch for one person who may try to winkle out of you, something you'd rather keep to yourself.
In the deep ocean, there's not stuff you can keep to yourself," he says, so inequities are less likely to arise between individuals and partnerships offer little advantage.
2 Paul Kenyon (but if you do, it's best to keep to yourself the
Keep to yourself any [organization] secrets, whether that means the design for a unique product, or the fact that there will be massive layoffs in a week.
I KNOW it's low class to name- drop (the Pope told me that) but there are some things you just can't keep to yourself.
Half of the time was spent with answering questions on a computer screen and if you found them too difficult to answer or something that you wanted to keep to yourself then you were quite welcome to pass that particular one.