up-keep

upkeep

[uhp-keep]
noun
1.
the process or activity of providing an establishment, machine, person, etc., with necessary or proper maintenance, repairs, support, or the like: The machine's faulty operation shows that no one has attended to its upkeep.
2.
the total sum of the costs or expenses for this.

Origin:
1880–85; up- + keep

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upkeep (ˈʌpˌkiːp)
 
n
1.  the act or process of keeping something in good repair, esp over a long period; maintenance
2.  the cost of maintenance

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