Definition of keep someone under in English:

keep someone under

phrasal verb

  • Cause someone to remain in a state of oppression or subjection.

    ‘the local people are kept under by the army’
    • ‘Hungary was then regarded at Vienna as a conquered realm, whose naturally rebellious inhabitants could only be kept under by force of arms.’
    • ‘the true church is very much kept under by its enemies.’
    • ‘Before that time comes, he will have conquered our kingdom and our people and our cities, and kept them under by force of arms for many years.’
    keep in subjection, keep in submission, hold down, keep down, keep under one's thumb, subdue, subject, suppress, repress, oppress, tyrannize over, tyrannize
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