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Continue to do or maintain something, as in
They were playing loud music, and they kept it up all night long
, def. 4.
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keep it up
Yankee Doodle, keep it up, Yankee Doodle, dandy, Mind the music and the step, And with the girls be...
(...) keep changing the man; for the same man can never keep it up.
George Bernard Shaw
(...) get up a little temper I have no sufficient time to keep it up.