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keep something from (someone)

To prevent someone from learning or finding out something; to keep something a secret from someone. I was going to find out you'd spent the money eventually, so I don't understand why you tried to keep it from me. I get the feeling you're not telling me everything. What are you keeping from me?
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keep someone from someone or something

to hold someone away from someone or something; to prevent someone from getting at someone or something. You must keep the child from her mother until the mother is infection-free. It is hard to keep a child from the playground, even a sick child. I could hardly keep myself from the dessert table.
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keep something from someone

not to tell something to someone. Why did you keep the news from me? I needed to know. This matter shouldn't have been kept from me.
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keep from something

to avoid doing something; to refrain from doing something. How could I keep from crying? It was so sad! Try to keep from falling off the ladder.
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keep from

1. Withhold; also, prevent. For example, What information are you keeping from me? or Please keep your dog from running through our garden. [c. 1340]
2. Restrain oneself, hold oneself back, as in I can hardly keep from laughing. [c. 1340]
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keep from

v.
1. To prevent someone or something from doing something: The tape is there to keep the pages from falling apart. This constant noise is keeping me from my work.
2. To refrain from doing something: I couldn't keep from having a little snack before dinner.
3. To prevent some information from becoming known by someone or something: They kept the news of the accident from the newspapers.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Will suspects Sonny and Gabi are keeping something from him, but he doesn't know what -- that Gabi believes she killed Nick.
Christian suspects she is keeping something from him but as she won't tell him what it is, he leaves and insists he won't be coming again.