for keeps

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - for keeps

"for keeps"

for the winner to retain


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - for keeps

"for keeps"

for an indefinitely long period


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - for keeps

"for keeps"

seriously and permanently


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - for keeps

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I'll bet you that I can beat you at this video game.

Friend 2:  What's the bet?

Friend 1:  If you win, you can have the game.

Friend 2For keeps?

Friend 1:  Yes. If you win, you can have the game forever.

Friend 2:  OK. I'll take that bet.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - for keeps

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Do you want to switch offices?

Colleague 2:  Just for a couple of weeks?

Colleague 1:  No, for keeps.

Colleague 2:  I think it might be fun to switch for a little while but, indefinitely, I am not sure.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - for keeps

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  My wife and I are breaking up.

Friend 2:  Again?

Friend 1:  This time, it is for keeps.

Friend 2:  I will believe it when I see it. You two are always breaking up and then getting back together.

Friend 1:  Well, this time it is serious.

for keeps - Usage:


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for keeps - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for for keeps.

for keeps - Examples:

1)  Going by coffee table book standards, this one is for keeps for the many conversations it'll initiate with unbiased lovers of Indian classical music.

2)  I am sure this album will be remembered for long as this is for keeps. There are beautiful songs in it.

3)  ... there's always next season. No, defeat is permanent and for keeps. That's why a referendum is so much uglier than a general election.

4)  Is Brasher's turnaround for keeps? In other words, can Pick n Pay be truly great again?

5)  I learned a lot of things, a lot of myself and gained friends for keeps

6)  ... the mandate from Tata group was clear -- this is the business for keeps. Hence, the foundation has to be deep.

7)  ... every problem can be sorted out once you have decided that your relationship is for keeps. Couples can work out their issues if they want to be together.

8)  And I know that this one will be for keeps because he treats me like a princess even though I still sit on tables ...

9)  The game is over. The White Walkers are playing for keeps, and Jon Snow is the savior sent to stop them.

10)  Do you believe in life-time relationships? Yes. Marriage is for keeps.

11)  These guys played rough, and for keeps.

12)  ... team-turned-lovers break up after they stop working together, James believes their relationship is for keeps.

13)  He was playing a different sport and playing it for keeps, it seemed to me like a mortal sort of combat, screaming at me ...

14)  ... that the next time PDP forms a government in 2019, it would be for keeps.

15)  They are really beautiful and special. These are for keeps. I don't intend to sell them.

16)  ... the Confederate States of America and the United States, which planted its standard for keeps in 1862 during the Civil War. 

17)  With the Joker back in Gotham City and ready to play for keeps, the Batman faced his greatest challenge yet.

18)  I had also been brought up to believe that marriage is for keeps.

19)  And I keep telling myself that this one's for keeps.

20)  Looks like Malaysia now has its very own Malaysian-born giant panda for keeps!