keep tabs on

idiom

informal
: to carefully watch (someone or something) in order to learn what that person or thing is doing
We are keeping tabs on their movements.
The magazine keeps tabs on the latest fashion trends.

Examples of keep tabs on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another Dragon to keep tabs on is Jack Lawson, a 6-foot-5 senior forward. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 Feb. 2024 Ugly surprises lie in store for those who do not keep tabs on their surroundings. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 31 Jan. 2024 As polar ice caps melt and permafrost thaws, scientists are scrambling to keep tabs on the changing region and its effects on the rest of the planet. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 22 Jan. 2024 The unit comes with a humidity sensor to keep tabs on the moisture level in your home. Brittany Vanderbill, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Dec. 2023 Over the years that followed, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, worked with a nonprofit organization called SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation and Research to keep tabs on the Southern Residents, using aerial photography to monitor the whales’ size and condition. Emily Anthes, New York Times, 26 Dec. 2023 Pelican Bikes The bike and the trailers keep tabs on each other via a proprietary communications system that coordinates their throttle and braking action. IEEE Spectrum, 22 Dec. 2023 The law lets the government keep tabs on specific foreign nationals outside the country without first obtaining a warrant to do so, even if the party on the other side of those communications is an American on U.S. soil. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 5 Dec. 2023 Parents should keep tabs on how their kids are being treated, or labeled, by teachers or peers by monitoring teacher feedback forms or speaking directly with other parents about how their children are doing at school. Marla Bautista, Parents, 20 Nov. 2023 See More

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“Keep tabs on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep%20tabs%20on. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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