keep to oneself

keep to oneself
verb
1. shun the company of others (Freq. 1)
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The new student keeps to herself

Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

2. withhold information
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I kept your little secret to myself all these years

Hypernyms: ↑withhold, ↑keep back
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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phrasal
1. : to keep secret

knew what the facts were but kept them to himself

kept their knowledge … to themselves and made no attempt to spread it — Sean MacCormac

2. : to remain solitary or apart from other people : avoid social relations

a shy girl who kept pretty much to herself

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avoid contact with others

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • keep to oneself — verb a) To purposely avoid interaction with others. She preferred to keep to herself after her husband died. b) To refrain from telling or otherwise expressing. Then he fell to gabbling strange and dreadful things which were not clearly… …   Wiktionary

  • keep\ to\ oneself — See: to oneself(2) …   Словарь американских идиом

  • keep to oneself — phrasal 1. to keep secret < kept the facts to myself > 2. to remain solitary or apart from other people …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • keep to oneself — be unsociable, be unfriendly; keep a secret …   English contemporary dictionary

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