keep down

  1. place a limit on the number of
  2. manage not to throw up
  3. put down by force or intimidation
    The government quashes any attempt of an uprising
    China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently
    The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land
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How To Use keep down In A Sentence

  • She had severe "rheumatiz" and wrapped Sunbeam bread wrappers around her lower legs to keep down the swelling. Archive 2008-12-01
  • Yet we all know that the pyrexia invariably returned as soon as the effects of each dose were exhausted, and in a few years the results showed that while the antipyretics served to keep down the pyrexia, and give each case the appearance of doing well, the average duration of the cases, and their mortality, were both increased. Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why What Medical Writers Say
  • She is managing to keep down her spending.
  • There are simply fewer people on the land to keep down the wild dog numbers. Times, Sunday Times
  • These make an agreeable walking surface and keep down weeds very effectively. The Education of a Gardener
  • The administration of ice chips is one way to reduce mouth dryness, make patients more comfortable, and keep down bacterial overgrowth.
  • We have always been taught to look upon the people of New England as a selfish, cunning set of fellows, that was fed on fox-ears and thistle-tops; that cut their wisdom-teeth as soon as they were born; that made money by their wits, and held on to it by nature; that called cheatery mother-wit; that hung on to political power because they had numbers; that raised up manufactures to keep down the South and West; and, in fact, had so much of the devil in all their machinery, that they would neither lead nor drive, unless the load was going into their own cribs. David Crockett
  • They are taking steps to keep down the rabbit population.
  • They tend to rely on a rapid turnover of stock, to keep down inventory levels.
  • They keep down the rodent population in Egypt's economically important grain fields along the Nile.
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