for keeps
phrasal 1. a. with the provision that one keep what one has won <
played marbles for keeps
>
b. with deadly seriousness 2. for an indefinitely long time ; permanently 3. with the result of ending the matter

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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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 — adverb 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 …   Wiktionary

  • 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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