keep (tabs/a tab) on someone/something

Meaning(s)

1. to watch, track or monitor closely

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Professional

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keep a tab on their work

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When you 'keep a tab' or 'keep tabs' on something or somebody, you keep track of it or them and monitor it or them closely. This phrase can have a negative connotation, as it can portray surveillance or mistrust. Do not confuse with the phrase 'keep/run/have a tab' which means to run a bill in a bar or shop to be paid at a later time or date.

Check Icon Social Examples (Advance)

  1. You need to keep tabs on him. The last time we did a project together, he didn't put in any work.
  2. It's hard to keep tabs on my family. Everyone is always so busy!

Check Icon Professional Examples (Basic)

  1. It is up to our supervisors to keep tabs on those working in their teams.
  2. Can you keep tabs on this client while I am away for a few days?

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pick up the tab

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