keep down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v keep down manage not to throw up
    • v keep down place a limit on the number of
    • v keep down put down by force or intimidation "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising","China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently","The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the "Princess Diaries" when the main character is talking to her friend while walking up and down a bench, she falls which portrays her clumsey character. That wasn't on purpose, though. It was raining and the bench was very slippery and she fell for real. If you watch that scene, it will make perfect sense consdering the way they were laughing and how the princess told her friend to keep talking. The director liked it, so he kept it.
    • Keep down to restrain
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Quotations

  • Walt Disney
    Walt%20Disney
    “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “The reading or non-reading a book will never keep down a single petticoat.”
  • Marian Anderson
    Marian Anderson
    “As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
    Dag%20Hammarskjold
    “Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only those who keep their eye fixed on the far horizon will find their right road.”
  • William M. Winans
    William M. Winans
    “Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cépan, orig. to traffic, hence to store up, keep—ceáp, price.

Usage

In literature:

Turning down leaves in a book to keep the place is one of the easily besetting sins of too many readers.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
He'd keep dem tied down dat long too, sometimes from sunrise till dark.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
On the desk was a large well-worn Bible open, with a green spectacle-case to keep down the page.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
There, keep the end down in the water while Mr Meadows here gives it the other barrel.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
But an application every few hours keeps down the intolerable itching, which is the most annoying feature of sumach poisoning.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
The Chairman: There is a principle here, and we had better keep down to principles as much as we can.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
If so, he was mistaken, for we managed to keep down the centre of the stream, paddling with might and main.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
THE PRESIDENT: When you cut your scions in the winter for future use, you should keep them down pretty close to freezing.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fifth Annual Meeting" by Various
She sat down to keep the young woman's company while the latter was eating.
"The Hindered Hand" by Sutton E. Griggs
I mean, go away and keep out of sight till it quiets down.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
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In poetry:

Sleep on, O baby, while I keep
My vigils till this day be passed!
Then shall I, too, lie down at last,
And with my baby darling sleep.
"The Sleeping Child" by Eugene Field
Our day will come with showers true,
For God on evil things will frown:
Almighty love is all we claim,
Though man destroys and keeps us down.
"Our Day" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
And Luna, gentle shepherdess, the while
Keeps near her flock and guards it with her smile;
I almost fancy I can hear her song
Down to this shadowed stile.
"Night In May" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
When, to thy bed, thou turn'st thine eye,
Think on the grave, where thou must lie;
And, when thou lay'st thee down to sleep,
Thy latter end in mind still keep.
"Things, To Be Consider'd, And Made Use Of, When Night Comes" by Rees Prichard
I, therefore, now, O Lord, will lay me down
In peace, to take my necessary sleep:
For it is only thou, O God! I own
That dost mean while my soul in safety keep.
"A Prayer At Going To Bed" by Rees Prichard
Yes, there's a Saviour dear,--
Keep down, oh tears, that swell!
A righteous God who reigns above,
Whose darkest ways are truth and love,
He doeth all things well.
"Henrietta Selden Colt," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney

In news:

Bucks keep playoff hopes alive , down Pistons.
The city is making an effort to keep up in a down economy -- by trying to be the most business-friendly city in California.
Relationships with artists help business keep prices down.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan says Ireland must keep slashing its deficits down to the eurozone limit of 3 percent of GDP.
If you're keeping your car a little longer to save money, making regular repairs can save you a big bill at the garage down the road.
I have fallen down on my duty to keep track of the CALM Act, which requires TV commercials to have the same average volume as TV programs.
Shan likes Moscow, Johanna said, and she just celebrated her 16th birthday there, getting nine boxes of chocolates - problematic gifts in a school where ballerinas are told to keep their weight down.
Can't keep pushing transportation down road.
University and town officials are trying to get students to keep late-night party noise down on town streets.
Hayden boys basketball keeping big-time dreams on the down-low.
Voters I'm w/ keep noting that when Romney talks, Obama is always looking down.
This is an event where the community comes to the garden to volunteer with the maintenace, which helps to keep down the cost of upkeep.
Roger Goodell Keeps Letting His League Down.
His hands press down on the boy's slashed-open stomach to keep the insides from spilling out.
That has some investors worried that the bond bubble is beginning to burst , as well as concerned that the Federal Reserve is losing the battle to keep rates tamped down.
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In science:

In either case the tension properties of the field tend to keep the spatial curvature deformation down to a minimum.
Gravitational waves and cosmic magnetism; a cosmological approach
Overall, the field seemed to react to the curvature distortion caused by the propagating wave and tried to keep it down to a minimum by modulating the wave’s energy accordingly.
Gravitational waves and cosmic magnetism; a cosmological approach
In the frequency range covered by the measurements the noise keeps to behave like 1/ω but, for a given frequency, the level decreases when T goes down.
Dynamics of two-dimensional Josephson junction arrays
We further notice that the detection power keeps increasing with increasing ℓmax , even though things tend to slow down beyond ℓ ≈ 40.
Constraining topology in harmonic space
To keep contact with the black hole problem that we have set up we will continue to compactify spacetime down to 4+1 noncompact dimensions.
The quantum structure of black holes
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