to keep up

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - keep up

"to keep up"

to maintain in good condition


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - keep up

"to keep up"

to persevere


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - keep up

"to keep up"

to continue at the same level or pace


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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - keep up

"to keep up"

to stay even or ahead of your competitors, colleagues, neighbors or friends


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Idiom Definition 5

Idiom Definition - keep up

"to keep up"

to remain adequately informed


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - keep up

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  With another baby on the way, I wonder if we can afford to keep the lake house.

Husband:  What do you mean?

Wife:  Well, the lake house is a three hour drive away and we are spending more and more money on maintenance.

Husband:  You don't think we can keep up the cabin and look after three children?

Wife:  It is something to think about. College tuition is not getting any cheaper.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - keep up

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  I am getting tired of living in this sham of a marriage.

Husband:  I know. I'm sorry but it I am so close to getting promoted at work. You know it is very important to the directors of the company that it's upper executive employees are in a stable relationship.

Wife:  OK. We can keep up the appearance of marriage until you get your promotion. Then we are getting a divorce.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - keep up

A boss and employee are talking ...

Boss:  That's three reports that are overdue now.

Employee:  I'm working as hard as I can.

Boss:  If you are not able to keep up with your workload, we are going to have to look at letting you go.

Employee:  Give me one week. I'll get back on track.

Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - keep up

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I see the competition has just released a new product and the battery life is fifty percent better than any of our products.

Colleague 2:  We have a new product in the pipeline that will match the competitor's.

Colleague 1:  That is good but we really need to do more than just keep up. At some point we really need to do better than the competition.

Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - keep up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you heard what's going on in Libya?

Friend 2:  You know, I've been so busy that I just haven't been able to keep up with the news. What's happening in Libya?

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to keep up - Gerund Form:

Keeping up a remote cabin can be a challenge.

Keeping up over the long term requires perseverance.

Keeping up the same level of work ensures you keep your job.

Keeping up with your neighbors choice of car can be expensive.

Keeping up with the news becomes much easier with technology.

to keep up - Examples:

1)  I enjoy reading your blog man. Keep up the good work.

2)  A Christian who spends his time and money trying to keep up with the latest fashion is guaranteed to waste his time and money on frivolous ...

3)  I have decided it's too hard to keep up with trends, so I am decorating my home to match its style.

4)  ... many sad stories that I was privy to during that time has encouraged me to keep up with some of the research in brain and mind science.

5)  Keep up the good work.

6)  Microsoft is going to have a hard time keeping up with Apple on pricing not to mention battery life which is a key category ...

7)  I was so busy keeping up with my kids, cleaning the house, making dinner, doing errands ...

8)  Weak AI systems could be just as vigilant about keeping up a lie as they are about uncovering them.

9)  I love keeping up with everyone, email or phone calls, both are great.

10)  Technology is key to your on-line success, and keeping up with the latest technological trends is an important piece of that.

11)  He probably keeps up with news and current events much more than the average person, as required ...

12)  But we need to correct the rules and modernize the regulation so it keeps up with the fast changes.

13)  Make certain that the value of your insurance policy keeps up with increases in local building costs.

14)  Who keeps up with the Kardashians?

15)  Stephenson keeps up the expected torrent of words, but as with the other two books, ...

16)  All the while, I kept up a patter of small-talk with him and Tim.

17)  There was no discipline kept up; and the flock, the Church, became disorganized, and separated from ...

18)  Drunkenness, singing, fighting, and the usual noise of Irish sprees were kept up through the night.

19)  Sometimes the walls need to be kept up between departments.

20)  Median household income has more than kept up with inflation since Bush took control of fiscal policy during the 2001 near-recession.