|keep * around
||have handy, have accessible
||I always keep a dictionary around to translate new words.
|keep at +
||not give up (an activity), to persevere
||You should keep at your studies.
|keep * away
||prevent access to, hold back
||Keep the kids away from the cookies.
|keep * back
||maintain a safe distance, cause to maintain a safe distance
||Keep back! The burning building is about to collapse.
|keep * down
||not vomit, not throw up, keep in one's stomach
||If I ate that, I down know if I could keep it down.
|keep * in
||keep in a particular place, have something in a specific location
||When I am not using it, I keep my passport in this drawer.
|keep * off
||prevent from stepping or climbing on to something
||Keep the cat off the couch.
||He kept on talking after everybody asked
him to stop.
|keep * out
||prevent from entering
||Keep the dog out of the garden; he keeps digging up the flowers.
|keep * over
||cover something with, put something above
||I keep a tarp over my bicycle at night to prevent it from getting wet.
|keep to +
||continue, persist in (an activity)
||Everybody said she would never finish
the puzzle, but she kept to it until it was done.
||stay on the required schedule
||You have to keep up if you want to work
|keep * up +
||You are doing a great job! Keep it up.
|keep up with +
||stay on schedule with (a person, the workload,
||I have so much reading that I can't keep
up with the writing exercises.
||sit or lie back (to relax)
||After work, I like to kick back in front of the TV and relax.
||begin taking effect
||The medicine takes one hour to kick in.