Definitions starting with K

ID #2394

keep

[Atlantic; "locally current in US" DJE] v. to hold (a ceremony); to carry out (an activity) in the prescribed manner: 1918 They were keeping the wedding (Parsons 23). I going to play dead, and you must keep setting-up (ibid 87). Next morning before dey dig da grave, dey keep church over you-full church (Crooked). Keep asue (Exuma). (Black)

keep field phr. to farm: He used to keep field here but he lived in Marsh Harbour. (White)

keep school phr. to be a schoolteacher (older term): At that time my mother used to keep school on the island. (Nassau). (Gen)

Tags: phrase, verb

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Last update: 2010-10-29 20:22
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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