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keep out

Meaning: If you keep something out, you make sure it stays outside and doesn't come inside.

Synonym: exclude

For example:

  • keep sb out If people are drunk or not dressed properly, the doorman keeps them out of the club.

  • keep sth out We need to do something to keep cars out of the centre of the city.

  • keep out sb/sth The government is bringing in new laws to keep out foreign workers so they don't take jobs from the locals.

Quick Quiz:

The sign tells people to keep their dogs out of the park, so there are
  1. many dogs in the park
  2. many people in the park
  3. no dogs in the park

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