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keep a secret

This page is about the collocation keep a secret

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to not tell anyone a secret

For example

  • If I tell you what happened, do you promise to keep it a secret?

  • You promised to keep what I told you a secret, so why did you tell everyone?

Quick Quiz

If you tell someone to keep what you've said a secret, you

a. don't want them to know it

b. don't want them to forget it

c. don't want them to tell other people

Contributor: Matt Errey