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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 of upkeep
1880-1885
1880-85; up- + keep
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  • Now as regards the annual expenses of upkeep, apart from the interest on the capital sunk.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • The Master liked to talk of poetry, history, and the upkeep of courtesy.

  • The items of expense are interest on the first cost of the pumping machinery, depreciation, upkeep and running expenses.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • Materials and labor for upkeep were hard to get at any time and were costly.

    The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner
  • It is grand to sit at your tent door, building castles in the air, which at any rate cost very little in upkeep.

    The Gypsy's Parson George Hall
British Dictionary definitions for upkeep

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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Word Origin and History for upkeep
n.

"maintenance; cost of maintenance," 1884, from up + keep (v.).

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