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for keeps

Definition of for keeps

informal

  1. 1 :  forever or permanently <He moved back to the city for keeps.>

  2. 2 :  with the understanding that one may keep what one wins <playing marbles for keeps>



Word by Word Definitions

keepplay keeps
  1. : :  to take notice of by appropriate conduct :  fulfill: as

    :  to be faithful to

    :  to act fittingly in relation to

  1. :  custody, charge

    :  maintenance

    : :  one that keeps or protects: as


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