keep (one's) word

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keep (one's) word

To do as one has promised. Tom always keeps his word, so if he promised to help you move, then he'll be here.
See also: keep, word

keep one's word

to uphold one's promise; to do as one says. (The opposite of break one's word.) I told her I'd be there to pick her up, and I intend to keep my word. Keeping one's word is necessary in the legal profession.
See also: keep, word

keep one's word

Honor one's promises, as in You can count on Richard; he'll keep his word. This expression employs word in the sense of "a promise," a usage dating from the late 1500s. For an antonym, see go back on.
See also: keep, word

keep/break your ˈword

do/fail to do what you have promised: Do you think she’ll break her word and tell everyone?
See also: break, keep, word
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If you can't keep your word, learn to zip your mouth.
AS A football manager the pressure of the job can make it very hard to keep your word at times.
But it seems the older you are, the longer you can keep your word for.
In business and in life it's essential to keep your word. If you promise to do something, you do it.
Keep your word. There's no one better than children at helping us keep our word.
Keep your word. Chances are that if you haven't had an offer from a ballet company by the time you're seventeen or eighteen years old, auditioning for a job is a risk.
Do you always keep your word? If we are honest we will say: ``some or most of the time.''
"I will be saying very loudly to Mr Blair when I meet him, 'You have now got to keep your word. Cut out all the lying and cheating and keep your word'."
SPOTTED in a cafe pounds in Cardiff: "Keep your words sweet in case you have to eat them!"
Keep your words positive, because your words become your actions.