keep (one's) place

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keep (one's) place

To be aware of the limit of one's role in a particular place or situation. I keep my place and don't bother the CEO when I see him around the office. I'm just an intern, after all.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

keep (something of someone's or something's)

to retain something that belongs to or is associated with someone or something. I would love to keep this handkerchief of yours. I want to keep a memento of the occasion.

keep one's place

Fig. to exhibit only the behavior appropriate to one's position or status in life. When I complained about the food, they told me to keep my place! I suggest you keep your place until you're in a position to change things.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

keep

/hold (one's) peace
To be silent.

keep

/know (one's) place
To recognize one's social position and act according to traditional decorum.
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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The expedient of turning your bedding out on to a damp floor and lying on it there was no earthly good, since you could not keep your place or get a second's rest in that or any other position.
"Once you are in the side you know you have to play well to keep your place, once you lose it then it's hard to get the shirt back.
"Goals always help you keep your place and help the manager make his decisions and hopefully the ones who are scoring are the ones who are confident.
He told me just to go out there and enjoy it and that, if you are playing well, you will keep your place in the side.
"His policies suggest that if you go in and take your chance you will keep your place. I don't think I have done myself any harm in that.
"I had the same kind of partnership going on with Leon last week as well but got to be prepared to work for it's really difficult to keep your place in the team because there's some really good strikers here.
"With a big squad of players and so many coming back from injury it's always a concern to keep your place in the team.