Definition of keep down in English:

keep down

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phrasal verb

  • 1Stay hidden by crouching or lying down.

    ‘Keep down! There's someone coming’
    • ‘The building was full of smoke, so I held my breath, kept down low and squirted the contents of the extinguisher.’
    • ‘‘Keep down, and don't even breathe!’ I whispered.’
    • ‘As we neared the shore we were ordered to keep down to avoid getting wounded should the enemy start shelling the incoming craft.’
    • ‘I'm much taller than the children on the field and they keep hissing at me to keep down.’
  • 2keep something down, keep down somethingCause something to remain at a low level.

    ‘the population of aphids is normally kept down by other animals’
    • ‘They had kept the noise down to an acceptable level.’
    • ‘Like all the other high street retailers it was striving to cut costs to keep prices down and remain competitive.’
    • ‘They want flexible design, but staff costs kept down.’
    • ‘On the positive side, Bulgarian resourcefulness in recycling and reuse has kept down the volume of waste.’
    • ‘One other way that the cost of living could be kept down is by Government refraining from increasing taxes of any kind.’
    • ‘He said that prices will be kept down even if it meant forgoing some profit.’
    • ‘He said the fares were being kept down to reasonable levels despite the steep increase in petrol prices.’
    • ‘We are keeping down congestion levels and increasing dramatically the number of people who travel by public transport.’
    • ‘The average occupancy is nine months and intensive management is the key to our success in keeping down the number of empty flats.’
    • ‘More pay for women, better childcare and better quality workers through continuous training are the keys to keeping down unemployment in Ireland.’
  • 3keep something down, keep down somethingRetain food or drink in one's stomach without vomiting.

    ‘all I could keep down was water’
    • ‘Mild nausea and occasional vomiting aren't a threat to your baby's health as long as you're able to keep some food down and drink plenty of fluids.’
    • ‘He was thirsty, but couldn't keep the water down after he drank it.’
    • ‘I can feel his upper body tense up as he's fighting to keep the food down, and pass him a glass of water.’
    • ‘She had been sick before but when I rang last night they said she had kept her food down and I was able to speak to her and she seems all right.’
    • ‘She eventually lost her voice and couldn't keep any food down.’
    • ‘I managed to keep the food down but didn't feel any better until I had a couple of bottles of beer early evening.’
    • ‘His stomach had barely kept the coffee down that morning.’
    • ‘You're cold and tired because your blood pressure is low and you've been unable to keep any food down.’
    • ‘The child could keep no food down, and grew weaker by the day.’
    • ‘His stomach is a bit irritable, but he's kept down macaroni and cheese and some pretzels.’
    digest, keep down, find palatable, manage to consume, manage to eat, swallow
  • 4keep someone down, keep down someoneCause someone to remain in a state of oppression or subjection.

    • ‘others doubted the injury would keep him down that long’
    keep in subjection, keep in submission, hold down, keep down, keep under one's thumb, subdue, subject, suppress, repress, oppress, tyrannize over, tyrannize
  • 5keep someone down, keep down someoneBritish Make a student repeat a year at school because of poor grades.

    • ‘is a child who fails a year test to be kept down?’