keep down


verb (adverb, mainly tr)

to repress; hold in submission
to restrain or controlhe had difficulty keeping his anger down
to cause not to increase or riseprices were kept down for six months
(intr) not to show oneself to one's opponents; lie low
to cause (food) to stay in the stomach; not vomit

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Idioms and Phrases with keep down

keep down

1

Hold under control, repress; also, retain food. For example, Keep you voice down, or They vowed to keep down the insurgency, or With morning sickness, she had a hard time keeping down her breakfast. [Late 1500s]

2

Prevent from increasing or succeeding, as in The government was determined to keep prices down, or Joyce felt that her lack of an advanced degree kept her down in terms of promotions. [Early 1800s]

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