Back on the Avenue a woman named Cat was sitting huddled in a doorway, trying to keep out of the rain.
They offer me water, ask where my kids go to school, which parish I belong to, tell me to have a nice day and keep out of the sun.
Areas that have been fenced to keep out the goats, says Kröpelin, have seen vegetation rebound, and are greener than ever before.
One area of her life that Lowe is working to keep out of the spotlight is her relationship with Cameron.
They ignore the heat, or cover their windows to keep out the sun, or just wait.
He is a firm believer in the efficacy of brandy to keep out the cold.
Does he like your company, or do you only follow him on the sly, and keep out of sight?
By these means she contrived to keep out of debt, and amass a little sum besides.
And if you are a stranger you will do well to keep out of North Street the night.
If he could only keep out of harm's way, he must surely wear this man out before the end of twenty rounds.
late Old English cepan "to seize, hold," also "to observe," from Proto-Germanic *kopijanan, but with no certain connection to other languages. It possibly is related to Old English capian "to look," from Proto-Germanic *kap- (cepan was used c.1000 to render Latin observare), which would make the basic sense "to keep an eye on."
The word prob. belongs primarily to the vulgar and non-literary stratum of the language; but it comes up suddenly into literary use c.1000, and that in many senses, indicating considerable previous development. [OED]Sense of "preserve, maintain" is from mid-14c. Meaning "to maintain in proper order" is from 1550s; meaning "financially support and privately control" (usually in reference to mistresses) is from 1540s. Related: Kept; keeping.
mid-13c., "care or heed in watching," from keep (v.). Meaning "innermost stronghold of a tower" is from 1580s, perhaps a translation of Italian tenazza, with a notion of "that which keeps" (someone or something); the sense of "food required to keep a person or animal" is attested from 1801. For keeps "completely, for good" is American English colloquial, from 1861.