anything kept, or given to be kept, as a token of friendship or affection; remembrance.
a gift that evokes memories of a person or event with which it is associated
1790, from keep (v.) + sake; on model of namesake; thus an object kept for the sake of the giver. As an adjective by 1839.
- Keep someone
verb phrase To support and maintain someone for sexual purposes: She has ”an old man” who ”keeps” her/ Maybe some day some guy’ll even keep me (1560+)
- Keep several balls in the air
verb phrase To be involved on multiple jobs, projects, etc [1980s+; fr the image of a juggler]
- Keep someone on a short leash
verb phrase To keep someone under close control: We must keep that crazy kid on a short leash (1970s+)