for keeps


for keeps
a) With an agreement or intention to retain what one gains or receives.

When we gamble at poker, we play for keeps.

b) To compete seriously, with a strong resolve to win or succeed, as in sports or business.

"We both got a job to do. They play for keeps and we play for keeps too," Haggans said.


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  • for keeps — {adv. phr.} 1. For the winner to keep. * /They played marbles for keeps./ 2. {informal} For always; forever, * /He left town for keeps./ Syn.: FOR GOOD. 3. Seriously, not just for fun. * /This is not a joke, it s for keeps./ Often used in the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • for keeps — {adv. phr.} 1. For the winner to keep. * /They played marbles for keeps./ 2. {informal} For always; forever, * /He left town for keeps./ Syn.: FOR GOOD. 3. Seriously, not just for fun. * /This is not a joke, it s for keeps./ Often used in the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • For Keeps — may refer to: * For Keeps (album), an album by The Field Mice * For Keeps (film), a 1988 film starring Randall Batinkoff and Molly Ringwald * For Keeps (book), a 1994 book by film critic Pauline Kael …   Wikipedia

  • for keeps — for always, forever He told the boy that he could have the baseball bat for keeps …   Idioms and examples

  • for keeps — [adv] forever for good, permanently, till hell freezes over*; concepts 551,649,798,799 …   New thesaurus

  • for keeps — ► for keeps informal permanently; indefinitely. Main Entry: ↑keep …   English terms dictionary

  • for keeps — adverb for the winner to keep all (Freq. 1) they played for keeps * * * (informal) FOREVER, for ever and ever, for evermore, for always, for good (and all), permanently, in perpetuity; inform …   Useful english dictionary

  • for\ keeps — adv. phr. 1. For the winner to keep. They played marbles for keeps. 2. informal For always; forever, He left town for keeps. Syn.: for good 3. Seriously, not just for fun. This is not a joke, it s for keeps. Often used in the phrase play for… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • for keeps — mod. forever. □ Does that mean I’m going to have this scar for keeps? □ This is yours for keeps. Enjoy it …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • for keeps — informal for ever, or for always Once the army moves in, it will be there for keeps …   English dictionary

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