Phrasal Verbs Using 'Keep'
Keep something near you
Example:I KEEP a dictionary AROUND when I'm doing my homework.
Continue with something difficult
Example:She found the course hard but she KEPT AT it and completed it successfully.
Don't allow someone near something
Example:Medicines should always be KEPT AWAY from children.
Maintain a safe distance
Example:The police told the crowd to KEEP BACK from the fire.
Example:The food was so horrible that I struggled to KEEP it DOWN.
Control yourself, refrain
Example:I couldn't KEEP FROM arguing with her.
Not allow someone out
Example:The teacher KEPT the students IN after school because they had misbehaved.
Maintain good relations, stay on good terms with someone
Example:I like to KEEP IN WITH the school inspectors.
Not talk about
Example:She KEPT OFF the subject of her divorce.
Not tread on something
Example:KEEP OFF the grass in the park, please.
Example:He KEPT ON trying and succeeded in the end.
Not allow someone to enter
Example:The police KEPT the demonstrators OUT of the building.
Stay within limits
Example:Please KEEP TO the path.
Not let someone go to bed
Example:My neighbours KEPT me UP till after 4 am with their loud music last night.
Maintain a continuous action, persist
Example:First I phoned you and left a message that you should phone me; then you phoned and I was out, so you left a message; then...! How long can we KEEP this UP without ever speaking to each other directly?
Continue, not quit
Example:Learning a language is difficult, but if you KEEP UP AT it, you'll succeed in the end.
Move at the same rate
Example:He walks too fast and it's really hard to KEEP UP WITH him.
Stay up to date
Example:It's hard to KEEP UP WITH all the latest improvements and breakthroughs in technology nowadays.