keep on

phrasal verb
kept on; keeping on; keeps on

Definition of keep on

1 informal : to continue happening, doing something, working, etc. The rain kept on throughout the day. He talked and talked. At one point I thought he would keep on all night. She kept on talking after I told her to be quiet.
2 : to continue to have (someone) as an employee The chef was kept on even after the restaurant was sold.

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“Keep on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep%20on. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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