Definition of keep something from in US English:

keep something from

phrasal verb

  • 1Cause something to remain a secret from (someone).

    • ‘He kept the secret from his family until the final show was broadcast.’
    • ‘They understand that shared knowledge is much more powerful than if it is kept from the larger group.’
    • ‘Don't you think you've kept enough secrets from me?’
    • ‘I had no idea what he had in mind and everyone kept the secret from me.’
    • ‘She's kept something from her, on purpose, because she was afraid it would change what she thinks of her.’
    • ‘Then I realized that not telling you would be the same as lying if I deliberately kept something from you.’
    • ‘Most teens/pre-teens spend a great deal of time keeping secrets from their parents.’
    • ‘He was her best friend, and they never kept secrets from each other.’
    • ‘I told the mother the first thing in the morning, but we kept it from the children as long as we could.’
    • ‘My daughter pierced her belly button without permission and kept it from me until I discovered it by accident.’
    keep secret, keep hidden, hide, conceal, withhold, hush up, not tell, suppress, censor, redact
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  • 2Cause something to stay out of.

    ‘she could not keep the dismay from her voice’
    • ‘Dirk spoke haltingly, trying to keep the unfettered emotion from his voice.’
    • ‘She kept the sadness from her eyes as she answered him with a kiss.’
    • ‘Francesca nodded slowly, trying desperately to keep the laughter from her voice.’
    • ‘Em was hard pressed to keep the grin from her face as she watched him go.’