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    Question keeper

    Hello,

    I'd like to know what "You have got yourself a keeper" means.
    It seems to be used when they talk about a girlfriend as far as I checked
    through the internet.

    Does it mean "You have to be careful and protect yourself", or
    "You are lucky to have someone to protect you"??


    Thank you,
    Tara

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    Re: keeper

    You have found a girl (or a guy) who is worth holding on to - "a keeper."

    If you go fishing, and you catch a small fish, you throw it back. But if you catch a big one, you keep it. It's a keeper. So you can extend the metaphor - you are "fishing" for a good mate, and you find one that is nice (educated, has a job, is rich, whatever it is you are looking for), so you keep her, in the sense that you don't keep looking for someone better.

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    #3

    Re: keeper

    Hello Barb_D,

    Thank you so much for your prompt and kind response!

    Your explanation is easy to follow, and I think I won't forget
    about this expression.


    Thank you again, and have a nice weekend.
    Tara

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