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keep behind

1. To hold, place, or keep someone or something behind someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "keep" and "behind." Keep the gifts behind your back so we can surprise her with them.
2. To stay in back of someone or something. Kids, make sure to keep behind the grown-ups on our walk.
3. To require a student to repeat a grade of school. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "keep" and "behind." Am I really being kept behind? I don't want to repeat junior year—can't I go to summer school or something?
See also: behind, keep

keep behind

v.
1. To hold or maintain someone or something to the rear of something else: I keep my car behind the garage.
2. To remain to the rear of something: We didn't want them to see us, so we kept behind the barn when they arrived.
3. To fail to advance someone to the next grade or class of school; flunk. Usually used in the passive: After a year of doing poorly in class, the troubled student was kept behind.
See also: behind, keep
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The duke, in his turn, bowed, and an imperceptible smile appeared on the face of Grimaud, who kept behind La Ramee.
Johnny pulled out the book he kept behind the bar, found Nelson's page, and added up the account of several dollars.
The horses 'went better', the driver said, when they had anything before them (they must have gone at a most extraordinary pace when there was nothing), and so the vehicle kept behind a cart; when the cart stopped, it stopped; and when the cart went on again, it did the same.
Laurence was in the fish shop, but he didn't see me, for I kept behind the fish barrel, and he was busy with Mr.
Kelly's illicit marriage to teen singer Aaliyah as a proof, Illinois federal prosecutors said that he should be kept behind bars pending trial, according to court papers.
SCUNTHORPE, Morecambe, Coventry it's no coincidence that vulnerable football clubs which could collapse after Bury are mainly in areas kept behind by Tory austerity.
He said the opposition leaders were being kept behind bars despite the fact that no allegation against them had been proved in any court of law while dictator Musharraf was taken to hospital instead of court abroad in the name of treatment for backache.
He said the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif should be released as he, what Ahsan claimed, was being kept behind bars for nothing.
SEX offenders are being kept behind bars in a tougher prison because there's not enough space in Britain's open jails, a report has said.
The PPP leader claimed the prime minister was told that Aleem was kept behind the bars to lower pressure.
Mandviwala said India had imposed cruel laws in Kashmir and Modi government had given orders to Indian forces to kill Kashmiris.India had denied basic human rights to leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference and they were kept behind bars, he added.
Doja-Ojo, ordered that Akpan should be kept behind bars pending advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Speedy investigation should be done for such incidents and the culprits should be kept behind the bars.
As a result Worboys, 61, was kept behind bars until the case had been reassessed by a new panel.
As a result, Worboys, 61, was kept behind bars until the case had been reassessed by a new panel.