Dismayed, I asked the locals who was responsible for keeping the coastline clean.
“He was a tough man and I had faith that work was keeping him away,” she says.
However, in Japan since the post-war period they have always played a role in keeping the peace.
Quite the contrary, most Democrats are keeping quiet about it—and nobody has aired a health-care television spot.
As for missing woman Madison Scott, police are keeping quiet about the investigation.
There he stayed, keeping step pretty well with the bullocks.
It was almost the only way he had now of keeping in touch personally with his workmen.
“I see you are keeping watch through a crack in the door,” he said.
I don't see the use of keeping a dog and having to bark yourself.
As I approached him he moved round, keeping the tree between us.
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.