Dictionary: letter K
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- Keep away from me!
- The minister gave a press conference to explain the whole thing but we knew he was keeping something back.
- Keep the noise down; I'm trying to do some work!
- Keep it down, will you?
- How do you expect me to keep prices down when inflation is now running at 5%?
- Keep your hands off me!
- Try and keep off fatty foods.
- Try to keep off the subject; there's no need to hurt her feelings.
- I said hello but he didn't say anything; he just kept on watching the television.
2 continue wearing [keep something on] continue wearing something
- You can keep your hat on!
- Keep your coat on; it's a bit cold in here.
- Do you have to keep on about your daughter the whole morning?
- Keep on at her until she tells you.
- Private property; keep out!
- They've put up a fence to keep out intruders.
- I know you don't like the agreement but we have to keep to it.
- Keep to the path; it's easy to get lost in that part of the mountain.
- Keep up the good work!
- They coach spoke to the players to try and keep their morale up.
- It's the same story every year; salaries don't keep up with the cost of living.
- You're going too fast; I can't keep up.
idiom keep up appearences try to make people believe that you have a lot of money and everything is all right when, in fact, that is not true any more
- I think reality has just kicked in.
- It must be taken for several days before the full effect kicks in.
- If the pain kicks in again, you've got the nurse's number and mine.
kick off (insep) start
- Let's kick off with a little bit of music.
- The tour is going to kick off right here in Atlanta, June 20th at the Lakewood Amphitheater.
- The carnival in Rio de Janeiro kicks off on 5 February.
kick out [kick someone out] tell someone to leave as place as they are no longer welcome there
- He was kicked out for being rude.
kick up [kick something up] (controversy, fuss, row, stink) complain or react angrily to something, maybe causing a problem Stir up
- After kicking up a fuss we got a room overlooking the pool.
- She has kicked up a controversy with her racial remarks.
kit out [kit someone out, kit something out] get all the clothes or things you need to do something
- We can go to Oxford Street and get ourselves kitted out.
- He knocked back his drink and poured another.
- He knocked back his beer and left.
2 cost [knock someone back something] cost set back
- The new car knocked me back quite a bit.
3 reject [knock something back] (offer, plan, proposal) reject something
- A controversial planning proposal has been knocked back by the government.
- The player knocked back their offer to join the club.
- I can't keep chasing you for ever and getting knocked back.
4 delay [knock someone back] be a slight problem and delay you set back
- The West Ham result has knocked us back a bit.
- The goal has knocked them back a bit.
- That defeat knocked us back a fair bit.
knock off 1 finish work (insep) finish work
- Yesterday afternoon the guys decided to just knock off early and go bowling.
2 reduce (pounds) reduce something
- I managed to get them to knock $300 off the price.
- He staggered around the restaurant knocking over some tables.
- The car knocked over a man on a bicycle.
- I've knocked up a playlist of everything we've been listening to lately.
2 [knock someone up] (British, informal) make a woman pregnant
- My friend knocked up a girl even though she was on the pill.
- The government must knuckle down to meet the deadlines.