The NYPD defends its controversial stop-and-frisk policy by saying it keeps guns off the street and therefore saves lives.
Rose George, author of the new book Ninety Percent of Everything, on what keeps the world running.
He keeps order chiefly thanks to the patronage that he can grant and withdraw according to his discretion and whim.
He stressed passing a bipartisan tax and entitlement reform that keeps things moving upward.
The outgoing governor quietly packs up the office, keeps a low profile, and looks for a new job.
The office of the editor was in Washington street, where Propeller now keeps.
He don't trust any banks, but keeps his money concealed in the earth.
He keeps so low that the birds and mice do not see him till he is fairly upon them.
He keeps playing with action as an artist plays with a theory.
It seems that God likes light so well that He keeps making it.
late Old English cepan "to seize, hold," also "to observe," from Proto-Germanic *kopijanan, but with no certain connection to other languages. It possibly is related to Old English capian "to look," from Proto-Germanic *kap- (cepan was used c.1000 to render Latin observare), which would make the basic sense "to keep an eye on."
The word prob. belongs primarily to the vulgar and non-literary stratum of the language; but it comes up suddenly into literary use c.1000, and that in many senses, indicating considerable previous development. [OED]Sense of "preserve, maintain" is from mid-14c. Meaning "to maintain in proper order" is from 1550s; meaning "financially support and privately control" (usually in reference to mistresses) is from 1540s. Related: Kept; keeping.
mid-13c., "care or heed in watching," from keep (v.). Meaning "innermost stronghold of a tower" is from 1580s, perhaps a translation of Italian tenazza, with a notion of "that which keeps" (someone or something); the sense of "food required to keep a person or animal" is attested from 1801. For keeps "completely, for good" is American English colloquial, from 1861.