for keeps

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

for keeps

  1. (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) With a strong competitive resolve to win or succeed, as in sports or business.
  3. Permanently.
    • 1925 Aug. 10, "Golf: Shenecossett Invitation," Time:
      The Griswold trophy was presented to its winner, for keeps, since it was the third time she had won it.