keep tabs on

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of keep tabs on

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.

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

tab play tabs
  1. : a short projecting device: such as

  2. : a small flap or loop by which something may be grasped or pulled

  3. : a projection from a card used as an aid in filing

  1. : to furnish or ornament with tabs

  2. : to single out : designate

  3. : tabulate


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