keep (oneself) to (oneself)

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keep (oneself) to (oneself)

To refrain from attempting to communicate or make connections with others. You'll never make friends if you keep yourself to yourself all the time. The old man down the streets always kept himself to himself. I never even knew his name until my parents pointed out his obituary.
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keep oneself to oneself

to remain aloof. He does tend to keep himself to himself. Keep yourself to yourself, and you'll be all right there.
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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 oneself to oneself

see under keep to oneself.
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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 yourself to yourself

avoid contact or communication with others; be retiring and solitary.
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keep yourˌself to yourˈself

avoid meeting people socially or becoming involved in their affairs: My neighbour keeps himself to himself. We smile and say ‘good morning,’ but that’s all.
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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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She keeps herself to herself, her head in a book and is 'a very solitary girl' according to her teachers.
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One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "She is quiet and keeps herself to herself.
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She's a very popular lady but keeps herself to herself and people presumed she was on holiday," an officer said.
An officer said: "She's a very popular lady but keeps herself to herself and people presumed she was on holiday.
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She keeps herself to herself but she's a really happy person.
Audrey Tatou is wonderful as the enigmatic Parisian waitress who keeps herself to herself until she finds a box of old toys.
She is a nice lady, but she keeps herself to herself.
She keeps herself to herself but always says 'Hello' as she's passing.
Margaret Latham, 37, said: "She is quite quiet and a really nice girl who keeps herself to herself.
She keeps herself to herself, but is very kind and caring.