not (one's) keeper

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not (one's) keeper

Not responsible for one's actions, behavior, or whereabouts. Often used to express frustration that such responsibility is assumed. Of course I'm disappointed that Travis got arrested again, but I'm not his keeper. How should I know where Mary is? I'm not her keeper.
See also: keeper, not

not someone's keeper

If you are asked where someone is and you answer that you are not their keeper, you are saying in quite a rude way that you do not know where they are and you cannot be expected to know. `I've no idea where he is,' Hughes replied, `I'm not his keeper.'
See also: keeper, not
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She is independent and can speak her own mind - I am not her keeper, just her daughter.
M'Cartney, member of the African Association, petitioned the court for Baartman's "release" and to ascertain whether or not her keeper, Cezar, had sexual access to her.