keep one’s word


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Honor one’s promises, as in You can count on Richard; he’ll keep his word. This expression employs word in the sense of “a promise,” a usage dating from the late 1500s. For an antonym, see go back on.

In addition to the idioms beginning with word

  • word for word
  • word of honor
  • word of mouth, by
  • words fail me
  • words of one syllable, in
  • words stick in one’s throat
  • words to that effect
  • word to the wise, a

also see:

  • actions speak louder than words
  • at a loss (for words)
  • at a word
  • break one’s word
  • eat one’s words
  • famous last words
  • fighting words
  • four-letter word
  • from the word go
  • get a word in edgewise
  • give the word
  • go back on (one’s word)
  • good as one’s word
  • hang on someone’s words
  • have a word with
  • have words with
  • in brief (a word)
  • in other words
  • in so many words
  • keep one’s word
  • last word
  • leave word
  • man of his word
  • mark my words
  • mince matters (words)
  • mum’s the word
  • not breathe a word
  • not open one’s mouth (utter a word)
  • of few words
  • picture is worth a thousand words
  • play on words
  • put in a good word
  • put into words
  • put words in someone’s mouth
  • swallow one’s words
  • take someone at his or her word
  • take the words out of someone’s mouth
  • true to (one’s word)
  • weasel word
  • weigh one’s words

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