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Phrasal Verbs

keep in

This page is about the phrasal verb keep in

Meaning: to make someone stay in a place like a school or a hospital

Synonym: detain (formal)

For example:

  • keep sb in My grandma said her teachers didn't keep naughty kids in after school to punish them. They just hit them.

  • keep sb in I went to the hospital because I wasn't feeling well, and they kept me in overnight for observation.

Quick Quiz:

Young Johnny was kept in after school because he was

a. being punished

b. being rewarded

c. being kidnapped

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