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defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc. alibi , exculpation , excuse , self-justification
former political party in the United States; active in the 1850s to keep power out of the hands of immigrants and Roman Catholics American Party , Know-Nothing Party
book containing a calendar and space to keep a record of appointments appointment book , appointment calendar
covered gravy holder of silver or other metal containing a detachable central vessel for hot water to keep the gravy warm argyle , argyll
keep company associate , consort , date , fraternize
pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released automatic , automatic pistol
official employed to protect prisoners and keep the courtroom in order bailiff
large pan that is filled with hot water; smaller pans containing food can be set in the larger pan to keep food warm or to cook food slowly bain-marie
keep out bar , blacklist , debar , detain , evade , reject , restrict
rein designed to keep the horse's head in the desired position bearing rein , checkrein
pin through the bitthead to keep the mooring lines from slipping off bitt pin
support placed at the end of a row of books to keep them upright (on a shelf or table) bookend
shelf on which to keep books bookshelf
failure to keep a promise (of marriage) breach of promise
container used to keep bread or cake in bread-bin , breadbox
money paid to keep secret bribe , hush money
hatching, keep eggs warm before brood , incubate
keep from sinking buoy
keep occupied busy
work assigned just to keep someone busy busywork , make-work
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