keep it real

Definition of keep it real

informal
:to talk and behave in an honest and serious way that shows who one really is
  • He says he's just trying to keep it real.

Word by Word Definitions

keep play
  1. : to retain in one's possession or power

  2. : to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

  3. : to have in control

  1. : the means or provisions by which one is kept

  2. : one that keeps or protects: such as

  3. : fortress, castle

real play
  1. : of or relating to fixed, permanent, or immovable things (such as lands or tenements)

  2. : not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory : genuine

  3. : occurring or existing in actuality

  1. : a real thing

  1. : very, really

  1. : a former monetary unit and coin of Spain and its possessions

  1. : a former monetary unit and coin of Portugal

  2. : the basic monetary unit of Brazil — see Money Table


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