keep back


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v keep back hold back; refuse to hand over or share "The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room"
    • v keep back secure and keep for possible future use or application "The landlord retained the security deposit","I reserve the right to disagree"
    • v keep back keep under control; keep in check "suppress a smile","Keep your temper","keep your cool"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original purpose of a coffin was not to protect the body from prowling animals or grave robbers. It was invented to keep the dearly departed from coming back to haunt survivors.
    • Keep back to withhold: keep down, to repress (see also Dark)
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Don't look back, just keep on walking.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Keep a fair-sized cemetery in your back yard, in which to bury the faults of your friends.”
  • Archie Bunker
    Archie Bunker
    “The only thing that holds a marriage together is the husband being big enough to keep his mouth shut, to step back and see where his wife is wrong.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “What keeps so many employers back is simple unwillingness to pay the price, to make the exertion, the effort to sacrifice their ease and comfort.”
  • Ben Jonson
    “O, for an engine, to keep back all clocks, or make the sun forget his motion!”


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


In literature:

We know that if we keep on we shall come to the ice cliff, and be turned back.
"Steve Young" by George Manville Fenn
Gilmore was stopping back to keep him company, wasn't he?
"The Weathercock" by George Manville Fenn
Ordering the other men to keep back the dogs, he slowly advanced with his two companions towards the foot of the mound.
"Hendricks the Hunter" by W.H.G. Kingston
I therefore turned back, so that I could keep concealed among the trees, and before long I caught sight of them in the distance.
"With Axe and Rifle" by W.H.G. Kingston
In fact I had some thoughts of having a high saddle made to fit his back, so as to keep my feet out of the water.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
She tried to rise from her chair to come towards me, but something seemed to keep her back.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Hazel turned, struggling to keep back the rising tears.
"The Man of the Desert" by Grace Livingston Hill
Coomber saw it too, and the relief was so great that he could not keep back his tears.
"A Sailor's Lass" by Emma Leslie
He seemed to know that he was keeping us back.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Run 'long back and keep your eyes open.
"Peggy Stewart at School" by Gabrielle E. Jackson

In poetry:

IT'S my fear that my wake won't be quiet,
Nor my wake house a silent place :
For who would keep back the hundreds
Who would touch my breast and my face?
"A Connachtman" by Padraic Colum
I promised God, if He'd send you back,
Alwaies to keepe and to love you, childe;
And I'm thinking again of that promise when
I see you creep out of the storm sae wild.
"Ailsie, My Bairn" by Eugene Field
For each glance of the eye so bright and black,
Though I keep with heart's endeavour,—-
Your voice, when you wish the snowdrops back,
Though it stay in my soul for ever!—-
"The Lost Mistress" by Robert Browning
Go! then: thou art good and pure!
If thou e'er shouldst fall, be sure,
Back to me thy footsteps trace!
In my heart for year and year,
Be thou far away or near,
I shall keep for thee a place.
"A Blessing" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Crying, my tears keep a-falling all night long
Waiting, it feels so useless, I know it's wrong
To keep a-crying, waiting, hoping you'll come back
Maybe someday soon
Things will change and you'll be mine
"Crying, Waiting, Hoping" by Buddy Holly
Crying, my tears keep falling all night long
Waiting, it feels so useless, I know it's wrong
To keep a-crying, waiting, hoping you'll come back
Maybe someday soon
Things will change and you'll be mine
Crying, waiting, hoping…
"Crying, Waiting, Hoping" by Buddy Holly

In news:

And while we're on the subject of cubicles , I thought I'd include a musical tribute that I did a couple of years back, featuring some WGNA workers saying hello from their actual cubicles –I like to keep it real.
Forecasters are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Sandy as it is expected to head northeast before turning back toward the coast.
Everyone has dreams and desires but usually keep them hidden, back in the recesses of their minds.
Walking and eating smaller portions and healthier options have helped him lose 68 pounds and will hopefully keep him out of the operating room after back and knee surgery in early 2013.
I taped a ping pong ball on his back to keep him from rolling over but he has learned how to sleep on that, too.
The blessings keep coming back to ABC morning co-host Robin Roberts.
Everett Golson keeps going back to Notre Dame's home opener, too.
Several local fishermen and Cohasset residents came to Greenleaf's aid, helping keep the boat upright, bringing hot coffee and even offering Greenleaf a place to stay until he can sail back to Gloucester.
Lohan's publicist, Steve Honig, told amNewYork that getting back to work is Lohan's focus and that her motivation will keep her clean and sober.
"That, and high school hockey, will always keep me coming back," he said.
Commercial space tourism project Virgin Galactic keeps getting pushed back.
WARSAW, Poland – British billionaire Richard Branson says his space tourism project keeps being pushed back and isn't sure of an exact date for the first launch.
This graffiti keeps popping up on the back wall of the old G.I.
It's 'Messiah' season again: Why we keep coming back to carol that famous chorus, and where you can do so this year.
The average temperature for June through September was 73.9 degrees — the highest for those four months in the city going back more than 100 years of record keeping.

In science:

We also, finally, keep a global n-element array for nodes to register the back edges originating at them.
A study of the edge-switching Markov-chain method for the generation of random graphs
Then it jumps across a 1/n-edge into the trap — paying order 1/n in probability — after which it is happy to keep bouncing back and forth on hx, yi for any given time of order n (note that the escape probability is order 1/n).
Trapping in the random conductance model
We keep track of each particle and its descendants so every energy deposition can be traced back to the original particle from the event generator.
sPHENIX: An Upgrade Concept from the PHENIX Collaboration
As it reaches the equilibrium position, however, it acquires certain velocity or momentum such that it keeps moving away from the equilibrium position in the other direction decelerating until stopped by the action of tension, and then moves back toward the equilibrium position, and so on.
Music in Terms of Science
Keeping the problems with “the” transition state in mind (we will come back to it in the next section) we now analyze its properties.
Theory of Adsorption on Metal Substrates