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maintain (oneself or someone) in (something)

To allow oneself or someone to live a particular lifestyle. Unfortunately, we don't have enough money to maintain ourselves in this lavish manse anymore.
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maintain (something) at (something)

To keep something at a particular setting or level. I try to maintain my savings at $1,000, at least, in case of emergencies.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

maintain someone in something

to keep or provide for someone in a certain style or condition. I insist that you maintain me in the style to which I have become accustomed. He had hoped to maintain himself in comfort.
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maintain something at something

to keep something at a certain level, setting, degree, amount, etc. You must maintain the temperature at 30 degrees Celsius. We have to maintain the temperature at a very high level.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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His organization therefore tries to educate users on the importance of cleaning systems regularly to extend each computer's life, and maintains the TechSoup online repository of related technology resources targeted to nonprofit groups.
International comity demands mutual recognition of other jurisdictions whose regulations are as secure and strong as--if not better than, as some argue--those maintained in the United States.
In recent years, the strict emphasis on cost, combined with strict end-strength limitations, has led to a reduction of in-house technical expertise and, some believe, if maintained over the longer term, will lead to the possible elimination of NWCF entities.
The world's first(1) snowblower featuring a function for maintaining a constant snow discharge distance (in auto mode and power mode), snow discharge distance is maintained by automatically adjusting travel speed in response to the work load, and by maintaining a constant engine speed with the new electronic STR governor.
For example, it developed the first-ever USAF Security Cooperation Strategy document and maintains the Air Force Security Cooperation Knowledgebase.
Acknowledging this distinction would show that local populations of canine species may maintain epidemics independently and may be free of rabies for periods, often long periods, between epidemics.
A covered financial institution (CFI) is prohibited from establishing, maintaining, administering, or managing a correspondent account in the United States for, or on behalf of, a foreign shell bank (a foreign bank that has no physical presence in the United States or other jurisdictions) that is not affiliated (1) with a U.S.-domiciled financial institution or (2) with a foreign bank that maintains a physical presence in the United States or a foreign country and is supervised by its home-country banking authority.
It was his hope to maintain his practice and all employees in their current positions and salaries.
* any funds transmittal that the financial institution records as required under law or that it records and maintains electronically in which the suspect was either transmitter or recipient during the preceding six months
Q: How is Maintain by Medifast different than other nutritional products for people with diabetes?
If a 100-pound softball player requires 2,000 calories per day to maintain her bodyweight, she must consume 2,250 calories per day--250 calories above her current need--to gain one pound of lean-body mass in 10 days.
The proposal includes the specific energy conservation measures (ECMs) proposed, financial schedules detailing how the ECMs will be paid from energy cost savings and for how long, how the energy savings will be audited to prove performance (this is the measurement and verification (M&V) process), and what operations and maintenance services the ESCO will provide to maintain the ECMs over the life of the contract.
Many of the courses will enable PB employees to obtain the credits necessary to maintain current professional designations.
Generally, users find stainless steel handguns simpler to clean and maintain.