keep from

keep from
REFRAIN FROM, stop oneself, restrain oneself from, prevent oneself from, forbear from, avoid.
keep

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keep from (or keep someone from)
avoid (or cause someone to avoid) doing something

Dinah bit her lips to keep from screaming | he could hardly keep himself from laughing

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keep from [phrasal verb]
1 keep from (doing something) or keep (someone or something) from (doing something) : to not do or experience (something) : to prevent or stop (someone or something) from doing or experiencing (something)

She found it hard to keep from laughing. [=she found it hard not to laugh]

She's been trying to keep herself from eating too much candy.

An umbrella will keep you from getting wet.

It's difficult to keep from feeling worried about this situation.

He was anxious to keep his son from getting into trouble.

Her happy nature kept her from worrying.

I don't want to keep you from (doing) your work. = I don't want to keep you from working.

She tied the knot tightly to keep it from loosening.

The company has taken steps to keep the building from being broken into again.

It was hard to keep from [=avoid] confusing the twins.

2 keep (something) from (someone) : to not tell (something) to (someone)

What information are you keeping from me? [=what information are you not telling me?]

They think the government is keeping [=withholding] the truth from us.

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Main Entry:keep

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