for keeps

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Adverb[edit]

for keeps (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic, gaming) With an agreement or intention to retain what one gains or receives.
    When we gamble at poker, we play for keeps.
  2. (idiomatic, by extension, informal) To compete seriously, with a strong resolve to win or succeed, as in sports or business.
  3. (idiomatic, informal) Permanently.
    • 1925, "Golf: Shenecossett Invitation," Time, 10 Aug.,
      The Griswold trophy was presented to its winner, for keeps, since it was the third time she had won it.

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