One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Carry out the promises one has made as part of an agreement.
- ‘He is letting someone stay for no rent in return for cleaning, and they are not even beginning to keep their side of the bargain.’
- ‘Clubs cannot get out of paying the player for the length of the contract, so a player must be made to keep his side of the bargain and give his services for the length of time he promised.’
- ‘The strategic importance of Egypt, Malta and the Cape were key factors, and Britain was not going to surrender influence in these areas unless Napoleon kept his side of the bargain.’
- ‘Some of the memories have been very painful for her, but nonetheless she kept her side of the bargain.’
- ‘However, there is criticism reserved for the insurance companies, who many feel have not kept their side of the bargain.’
- ‘The biggest scandal of all this is that we have paid our contributions and kept our side of the bargain.’
- ‘Last week, Williams kept his side of the bargain by beating, if controversially, Michael Sprott, while Hide looked impressive in beating Alex Vassilev at Alexandra Palace on Saturday night.’
- ‘I kept my side of the bargain but was I being naive to believe my responsible employer would keep his?’
- ‘Trin kept his side of the bargain as far as I can tell.’
- ‘We want the West to liberalise… [and stop] exploiting legal loopholes to avoid keeping their side of the bargain’.’
- ‘In any case, Chris kept his side of the bargain, too (unsurprising since he always keeps his promises), which makes me happier than anything I did yesterday.’
- ‘But republicans accused the Government and Downing Street of failing to keep their side of the bargain.’
- ‘‘I kept my side of the bargain and paid for the albums in good faith,’ she said.’
- ‘I've kept my side of the bargain and now the Government should keep its side.’
- ‘They kept their side of the bargain, beating Hull 28-6 to complete a miserable week for Mr McRae.’
- ‘If they fail to keep their side of the bargain, they could be returned to the youth courts to face punishment.’
- ‘We split up after six years but remain friends so, in the interests of research, I phone him to see whether he's kept his side of the bargain.’
- ‘‘I have kept my side of the bargain,’ one woman said, explaining that she understood when she moved into the estate that she was obliged to keep the house in good condition.’
- ‘In the meantime, they will be keeping their side of the bargain.’
- ‘I have kept my side of the bargain, where is yours?’
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