Definition of keep something down in English:

keep something down

phrasal verb

  • 1Cause something to remain at a low level.

    ‘the population of aphids is normally kept down by other animals’
    • ‘More pay for women, better childcare and better quality workers through continuous training are the keys to keeping down unemployment in Ireland.’
    • ‘They had kept the noise down to an acceptable level.’
    • ‘They want flexible design, but staff costs kept down.’
    • ‘He said the fares were being kept down to reasonable levels despite the steep increase in petrol prices.’
    • ‘One other way that the cost of living could be kept down is by Government refraining from increasing taxes of any kind.’
    • ‘On the positive side, Bulgarian resourcefulness in recycling and reuse has kept down the volume of waste.’
    • ‘We are keeping down congestion levels and increasing dramatically the number of people who travel by public transport.’
    • ‘The average occupancy is nine months and intensive management is the key to our success in keeping down the number of empty flats.’
    • ‘Like all the other high street retailers it was striving to cut costs to keep prices down and remain competitive.’
    • ‘He said that prices will be kept down even if it meant forgoing some profit.’
  • 2Retain food or drink in one's stomach without vomiting.

    ‘all I could keep down was water’
    • ‘His stomach had barely kept the coffee down that morning.’
    • ‘His stomach is a bit irritable, but he's kept down macaroni and cheese and some pretzels.’
    • ‘She had been sick before but when I rang last night they said she had kept her food down and I was able to speak to her and she seems all right.’
    • ‘Mild nausea and occasional vomiting aren't a threat to your baby's health as long as you're able to keep some food down and drink plenty of fluids.’
    • ‘He was thirsty, but couldn't keep the water down after he drank it.’
    • ‘I managed to keep the food down but didn't feel any better until I had a couple of bottles of beer early evening.’
    • ‘You're cold and tired because your blood pressure is low and you've been unable to keep any food down.’
    • ‘She eventually lost her voice and couldn't keep any food down.’
    • ‘I can feel his upper body tense up as he's fighting to keep the food down, and pass him a glass of water.’
    • ‘The child could keep no food down, and grew weaker by the day.’
    digest, keep down, find palatable, manage to consume, manage to eat, swallow
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