keep on


verb (adverb)

to continue or persist in (doing something)keep on running
(tr) to continue to wear
(tr) to continue to employthe firm kept on only ten men
(intr foll by about) to persist in talking (about)
(intr foll by at) to nag (a person)

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Idioms and Phrases with keep on

keep on

1

Continue, persist, as in They kept on singing all night. [Late 1500s]

2

Maintain an existing situation, as in After Mr. Brown died, the housekeeper wondered if she would be kept on. [Mid-1600s]

3

Cause to stay on or remain attached, as in Keep your coat on; it's cold in here. [Late 1800s]

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