Definition of Keep tabs on

1. Verb. Keep a record on or watch attentively. "The government keeps tabs on the dissidents"

Definition of Keep tabs on

1. Verb. (idiomatic) to monitor; to keep track of; to watch ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Keep Tabs On

keep open
keep out
keep out of
keep pace
keep quiet
keep schtum
keep score
keep shtum
keep somebody posted
keep someone company
keep someone in the dark
keep someone in the loop
keep someone on ice
keep step
keep straight
keep tabs on (current term)
keep the change
keep the home fires burning
keep the peace
keep to oneself
keep track
keep up
keep up appearances
keep up with
keep up with the Joneses
keep watch
keep wicket
keep with
keep your friends close, and your enemies closer

Literary usage of Keep tabs on

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"He believes it is "impossible" to keep tabs on what foreign scientists are doing "without the complete cooperation and trust" of the country involved. ..."

2. The Politics of Law and Order: A History of the Bavarian Einwohnerwehr, 1918 by David Clay Large (1980)
"... on this decree with a request that his Oberpräsidenten keep tabs on the self-defense movement, that they monitor "social composition, arming and goals. ..."

3. Technology Review by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Association of Class Secretaries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alumni Association (1906)
"Would like to have him send in his address, so we can keep tabs on his whereabouts. Keen went to his home in Maiden on a vacation several weeks ago. ..."

4. Automobile Blue Book (1917)
"Save Money in Running Your Car Motor Life's CAR COST RECORD Every one knows that the way to save money is to keep tabs on what you spend. ..."

5. Success in the Small Shop by John Herbert Van Deventer (1918)
"Many a small- shop owner carries the key to his own cash box, whereas in the big plant they appoint a board of directors to keep tabs on the president ! ..."

6. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1921)
"If the reader of these paragraphs is skeptical, let him keep tabs on the deportment, the scholarship, and the general attitude and condition of the habitues ..."

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