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upkeep

[uhp-keep] /ˈʌpˌkip/
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
1880-1885
1880-85; up- + keep
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British Dictionary definitions for up-keep

upkeep

/ˈʌpˌkiːp/
noun
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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