Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
keep (tabs/a tab) on sb/sth
keep a close tab onkeep a tab onkeep tabs onkeep a tab on somebodykeep tabs on something
1) to watch, track or monitor closely
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keep a tab on their work
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.
Social Examples (Advance)
You need to keep tabs on him. The last time we did a project together, he didn't put in any work.
It's hard to keep tabs on my family. Everyone is always so busy!
Professional Examples (Basic)
It is up to our supervisors to keep tabs on those working in their teams.
Can you keep tabs on this client while I am away for a few days?
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