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    not your keeper

    what does it mean when you ask a friend a favor and they say, " i'm not your keeper."
    thank you

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    Re: not your keeper

    It means, I'm not responsible for you; I don't take care of you (as in, I'm not your mother or father), so I am not obligated to help you.

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    Re: not your keeper

    I suspect there's a Biblical reference here - not that all users are aware of it. The relevant passage involves Cain and Abel - Cain and Abel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .
    The story continues with God approaching Cain asking about Abel's whereabouts. In a response that has become a well-known saying, Cain answers, "Am I my brother's keeper?"
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    Re: not your keeper

    Probably directly translated from L. observare, which would make the basic sense to watch out for, take care of, to keep an eye on.

    Online Etymology Dictionary

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    Re: not your keeper

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    What does it mean when you ask a friend a favor and they say, " I'm not your keeper"?
    It means that they don't want to do what you want them to do. They want to do something else. Not that.


    It's a "polite" way of saying Don't bother me.


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    Re: not your keeper

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    It's a "polite" way of saying Don't bother me.
    As well as, I'm not the one you should be asking.

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