keep at

  1. (intr) to persevere with or persist in

  2. (tr) to constrain (a person) to continue doing (a task)

Words Nearby keep at

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How to use keep at in a sentence

  • There's so many fact'ries nowadays that Keep-at-it is the only sewin'-woman that makes a livin'.

    Honey-Sweet | Edna Turpin

Other Idioms and Phrases with keep at

keep at

Persevere or persist at doing something. For example, If you keep at your math, you'll soon master it. It is also put as keep at it, as in He kept at it all day and finally finished the report. [Early 1800s]

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