Keep is used in a large number of common idiomatic phrasal verbs. Here is a list of them.
What is a phrasal verb?
A phrasal verb is a two-word verb whose meaning is sometimes very different from the meanings of the two-words taken separately.
Phrases with keep
To keep something around is to continue to possess it even if it is useless.
- She keeps around quite a few pieces of junk.
To keep at something is to work persistently at it.
- She kept at the puzzle until she put all the pieces together.
To keep somebody away is to prevent them from gaining access.
- The old woman has a watchdog to keep thieves away.
To keep somebody from doing something is to prevent them from doing it.
- What kept you from joining me?
To keep somebody back is to maintain them at a safe distance.
- The police kept the protesters back by blocking all roads leading to the venue.
If a patient can keep food or water down, he or she doesn’t vomit it.
- Did she keep the soup down?
Keep down can also mean ‘repress’.
- Will you keep down the noise? I’m trying to sleep.