keep down

keep down
verb
1. place a limit on the number of (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑number
Derivationally related forms: ↑number (for: ↑number)
Hypernyms: ↑limit, ↑circumscribe, ↑confine
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

2. put down by force or intimidation
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The government quashes any attempt of an uprising

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China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently

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The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land

Syn: ↑repress, ↑quash, ↑subdue, ↑subjugate, ↑reduce
Derivationally related forms: ↑subduer (for: ↑subdue), ↑repressive (for: ↑repress), ↑repression (for: ↑repress)
Hypernyms: ↑oppress, ↑suppress, ↑crush
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

3. manage not to throw up
Ant: ↑vomit
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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stay hidden by crouching or lying down

Keep down! There's someone coming

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keep down [phrasal verb]
1 : to stay close to the ground or floor

The soldiers were ordered to keep down. [=stay down]

2 keep (someone) down : to prevent (someone) from succeeding, winning, etc.

You can't keep a good man down. [=you can't prevent a good or talented person from succeeding]

3 keep (something) down or keep down (something)
3 a : to prevent (something) from increasing or rising

The company is trying to keep down costs/expenses/prices.

She watered the path to keep the dust down.

3 b : to prevent (something) from coming up from your stomach and into your mouth again

He was so ill that he could only keep down a small amount of food.

4 keep it down
— used to ask someone to be quiet

Please keep it down in there. I'm trying to study.

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Main Entry:keep

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ˌkeep ˈdown derived
to hide yourself by not standing up straight

Keep down! You mustn't let anyone see you.

Main entry:keepderived

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