Keep after



Make a persistent effort regarding; also, persistently urge someone to do something. For example, We’ll have to keep after the cobwebs , or He won’t get anything done unless you keep after him . Also see keep at , def. 2.

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  • Keep a low profile

    verb phrase To stay inconspicuous; try not to attract much attention: Better keep a low profile until this blows over [1975+; originally a military term, based on the idea of offering a small target; low profile is found by the 1960s] Stay out of public notice, avoid attracting attention to oneself. For example, Until his […]

  • Keep a straight face

    Don’t show one’s feelings, especially refrain from laughing. For example, The school orchestra played so many wrong notes that I had trouble keeping a straight face. [ Late 1800s ]



  • Keep a sharp lookout

    see: keep an eye out for

  • Keep a weather eye out

    Also, keep a weather eye on or open. Be extremely watchful or alert, as in We should keep a weather eye on our competitors in case they start a price war. The precise allusion in this expression is disputed, but presumably it refers to watching for a storm. [ Early 1800s ]



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