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    #1

    keep shady

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me your opinion regarding the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    They were warned to keep shady if they valued their lives.

    keep shady = stay in the background, donít hit in the eye, hide oneself

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    #2

    Re: keep shady

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me your opinion regarding the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    They were warned to keep shady if they valued their lives.

    keep shady = stay in the background, donít hit in the eye, hide oneself

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Vil,


    I think that I am correct that no native speaker in the United

    States would ever say such a sentence.

    Maybe:

    They were warned to

    stay out of it
    mind their own business
    to take cover
    stay in the background
    ignore what they saw
    hide themselves

    In American English, shady is often used in this way:

    X has a shady past. = There are some unpleasant aspects

    about his past; X is in a shady business. = probably illegal

    or almost illegal activities.


    THANK YOU

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    #3

    Re: keep shady

    I agree with The Parser for BrE too.

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    #4

    Re: keep shady

    Parser and Apex are both correct, Vil.
    You have, yet again, come up with an expression that may have been used by a native speaker once. if you hunt long and hard enough, you may even find more examples. They will still sound very unnatural to most of us native speakers.

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    #5

    Re: keep shady

    I agree with all TP's suggested options. and would add another: 'keep a low profile'.

    'Shady' tends to be used today with an implication of illegality: a 'shady customer' is a person who isn't trustworthy, and 'shady dealings' are transactions that are 'kept dark' because they bend or break the rules or the law.

    b

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