Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

keep (something) from (somebody)

keep something from somebody
Meaning(s)
1) prevent somebody from learning or finding out about something
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    • keep the truth from somebody
  • Analysis

    The idiom to keep something from somebody means to prevent someone from doing something or to keep something a secret from somebody.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. You must have known that I would find out the truth eventually, so I don't know why you tried to keep it from me.
    2. I tried to keep him from gambling his money but he did it anyway.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. It doesn't matter how bad the news is, you should not be keeping anything from me. If I am to turn this business around, I need to have all the facts to hand.
    2. I didn't want the interviewers to know that I had been fired from my previous job for misconduct, so I kept that information from them.
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