keep down (1)

Meaning: If you keep something down, you stop it from increasing in size or number.

Synonym: hold down

For example:

  • keep sth down They'll have to keep their prices down if they're going to compete with cheaper imported products.

  • keep down sth If we can't keep down things like costs and wages, we'll go out of business.

Quick Quiz:

If the government managed to keep unemployment down, fewer people would

a. have a job

b. be without work

c. be employed

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