|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.