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keep around

1. To continue to have someone or something at hand, in close proximity, or in one's employ. A noun or pronoun can be used between "keep" and "around" Whether you rent or own your home, you should always keep a good toolkit around. Sometimes it feels like the boys I hang out with at school only keep me around in order to make fun of me. My boss made it clear that they were happy to keep me around beyond the length of my original contract.
2. To keep someone or something in various places around some place. We decided to start keeping more security guards around the premises after last month's break-ins. Life vests and life buoys are kept all around the ship.
See also: around, keep