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keep (someone or something) down

1. To maintain something in a lowered position. Just make sure you keep down the umbrella if it starts to get windy. I like to keep the top down on my convertible even when it gets a little cold.
2. To ensure that something cannot move from its position, typically by placing something on top of it or by attaching it to something. I have a nice heavy paperweight that keeps my papers down when a breeze comes through the office We'll need to use some strong tape to keep this panel down.
3. To suppress someone's potential or prevent them from improving, advancing, etc. I feel like my boss has really been keeping me down by not letting me sit in on these meetings. Don't let setbacks like this keep you down—you have to keep trying.
4. To maintain at a low level or prevent from increasing. The board hopes to keep down tuition rates to stay competitive with other schools. Please keep your voices down during the ceremony.
5. To avoid vomiting after one has eaten when one is ill, especially with a stomach ailment. I haven't been able to keep any solids down since Tuesday, but I've been drinking plenty of fluids. Do you think you could keep down some soup?
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keep it down

To be quiet or stop making a lot of noise; to maintain a low level of noise. Often used as an imperative. Can you guys keep it down? I'm trying to sleep. Keep it down before the neighbors call the police!
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keep someone or something down

to hold someone or something in a hidden or protected position. Try to keep Sam down where no one can see him. Please keep the noise down so Fred won't know it's a party when he comes in.
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keep someone down

to prevent someone from advancing or succeeding. His lack of a degree will keep him down. I don't think that this problem will keep her down.
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keep something down

1. Lit. to make the level of noise lower and keep it lower. Please keep it down. You are just too noisy. Keep the noise down, or I will call the police.
2. Fig. to retain food in one's stomach rather than throwing it up. I've got the flu and I can't keep any food down. She couldn't keep the milk down.
3. Fig. to keep spending under control. I work hard to keep expenses down. Please try to keep the cost of the new project down.
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keep it down (to a dull roar)

Fig. to keep quiet or as quiet as possible. Keep it down, you kids! Please try to keep it down to a dull roar, could you?
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keep down

1. Hold under control, repress; also, retain food. For example, Keep you voice down, or They vowed to keep down the insurgency, or With morning sickness, she had a hard time keeping down her breakfast. [Late 1500s]
2. Prevent from increasing or succeeding, as in The government was determined to keep prices down, or Joyce felt that her lack of an advanced degree kept her down in terms of promotions. [Early 1800s]
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keep down

1. To remain in a lower position: We heard gunfire overhead, so we kept down for a while.
2. To cause something to remain in a lower position: I keep the blinds down in my apartment during the summer. We kept down the shades so no one would see.
3. To prevent something from growing, accomplishing, or succeeding: These unfair wages are keeping people like us down. The new policies are keeping down the poor.
4. To hold something under control or at a reduced level: Keep your voice down, or you'll wake the baby. Keep down the noise, or you'll have to leave.
5. To refrain from vomiting something: Although I was seasick, I managed to keep my food down. The patient kept down the medicine.
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References in classic literature ?
We don't make them,--we don't consent to them,--we have nothing to do with them; all they do for us is to crush us, and keep us down.
There would be no election, we are mobilising ourselves across the country, and we are building bridges across the country, the government cannot keep us down and expect the nation to make progress.
The time difference is much easier to deal with on the way there, although being on a weekend break without three kids under five, it would have take something spectacularly worse than jet lag to keep us down.
Against an Arabic voiceover about how they will never keep us down, as the future is in our hands, a Mad Max-style battle between humans and dark forces plays out in the desert.
So listen up, you Mitch McConnells, Ted Cruzes, Pat McCrorys, Wayne LaPierres, Family Research Councils, and "Pastor" Kevin Swansons, and all you bigots who methodically work to keep us down and keep the madmen armed: You've fucked with the wrong group of people.
We all have negative mental chatter that fights to keep us down, and the only thing that can combat this is the daily, ritualistic belief that you can do whatever you have set your sights on.
We have players like Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger who have won everything, so they will keep us down to earth.
We have players like Philipp Lahm and Schweinsteiger who have won everything, so they will keep us down to earth and we will keep work-k ing and I'm sure we can be at our best in the final.
We have the support of the free world, and sectarian hate and violence will not keep us down and will not destroy us.
Race has been going for over 90 years - we're not going to let a bit of water keep us down.
They keep us down, they steal our self-respect and our future.
You can be damn sure Leinster wanted to stick a knife in us and keep us down.
This is truly a historic moment and I hope it sends chills down the backs of those employers who would want to keep us down.
I AND my fellow members of the U Cant Keep Us Down syndicate have had to retire our most successful greyhound, Keallons Pride (aka Cindy), after 108 races.
With the players we've got it's hard to keep us down for 90 minutes because someone is always going to do something.