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 for To keep good hours
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hour \Hour\, n. [OE. hour, our, hore, ure, OF. hore, ore, ure,
     F. heure, L. hora, fr. Gr. ?, orig., a definite space of
     time, fixed by natural laws; hence, a season, the time of the
     day, an hour. See Year, and cf. Horologe, Horoscope.]
     1. The twenty-fourth part of a day; sixty minutes.
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     2. The time of the day, as expressed in hours and minutes,
        and indicated by a timepiece; as, what is the hour? At
        what hour shall we meet?
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     3. Fixed or appointed time; conjuncture; a particular time or
        occasion; as, the hour of greatest peril; the man for the
        hour.
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              Woman, . . . mine hour is not yet come. --John ii.
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              This is your hour, and the power of darkness. --Luke
                                                    xxii. 53.
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     4. pl. (R. C. Ch.) Certain prayers to be repeated at stated
        times of the day, as matins and vespers.
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     5. A measure of distance traveled.
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              Vilvoorden, three hours from Brussels. --J. P.
                                                    Peters.
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     After hours, after the time appointed for one's regular
        labor.
  
     Canonical hours. See under Canonical.
  
     Hour angle (Astron.), the angle between the hour circle
        passing through a given body, and the meridian of a place.
        
  
     Hour circle. (Astron.)
        (a) Any circle of the sphere passing through the two poles
            of the equator; esp., one of the circles drawn on an
            artificial globe through the poles, and dividing the
            equator into spaces of 15[deg], or one hour, each.
        (b) A circle upon an equatorial telescope lying parallel
            to the plane of the earth's equator, and graduated in
            hours and subdivisions of hours of right ascension.
        (c) A small brass circle attached to the north pole of an
            artificial globe, and divided into twenty-four parts
            or hours. It is used to mark differences of time in
            working problems on the globe.
  
     Hour hand, the hand or index which shows the hour on a
        timepiece.
  
     Hour line.
        (a) (Astron.) A line indicating the hour.
        (b) (Dialing) A line on which the shadow falls at a given
            hour; the intersection of an hour circle which the
            face of the dial.
  
     Hour plate, the plate of a timepiece on which the hours are
        marked; the dial. --Locke.
  
     Sidereal hour, the twenty-fourth part of a sidereal day.
  
     Solar hour, the twenty-fourth part of a solar day.
  
     The small hours, the early hours of the morning, as one
        o'clock, two o'clock, etc.
  
     To keep good hours, to be regular in going to bed early.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Keep \Keep\ (k[=e]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kept (k[e^]pt); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Keeping.] [OE. k[=e]pen, AS. c[=e]pan to keep,
     regard, desire, await, take, betake; cf. AS. copenere lover,
     OE. copnien to desire.]
     1. To care; to desire. [Obs.]
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              I kepe not of armes for to yelp [boast]. --Chaucer.
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     2. To hold; to restrain from departure or removal; not to let
        go of; to retain in one's power or possession; not to
        lose; to retain; to detain.
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              If we lose the field,
              We can not keep the town.             --Shak.
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              That I may know what keeps me here with you.
                                                    --Dryden.
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              If we would weigh and keep in our minds what we are
              considering, that would instruct us.  --Locke.
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     3. To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to
        maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or
        tenor.
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              His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal. --Milton.
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              Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on.
                                                    --Addison.
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     Note: In this sense it is often used with prepositions and
           adverbs, as to keep away, to keep down, to keep from,
           to keep in, out, or off, etc. "To keep off impertinence
           and solicitation from his superior." --Addison.
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     4. To have in custody; to have in some place for
        preservation; to take charge of.
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              The crown of Stephanus, first king of Hungary, was
              always kept in the castle of Vicegrade. --Knolles.
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     5. To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.
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              Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee. --Gen.
                                                    xxviii. 15.
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     6. To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to
        communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret.
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              Great are thy virtues . . . though kept from man.
                                                    --Milton.
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     7. To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend.
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              And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the
              garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it. --Gen.
                                                    ii. 15.
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              In her girlish age, she kept sheep on the moor.
                                                    --Carew.
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     8. To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to
        keep books, a journal, etc.; also, to enter (as accounts,
        records, etc. ) in a book.
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     9. To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the
        like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store.
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              Like a pedant that keeps a school.    --Shak.
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              Every one of them kept house by himself. --Hayward.
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     10. To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to
         keep boarders.
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     11. To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an
         assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc.
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               I keep but three men and a boy.      --Shak.
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     12. To have habitually in stock for sale.
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     13. To continue in, as a course or mode of action; not to
         intermit or fall from; to hold to; to maintain; as, to
         keep silence; to keep one's word; to keep possession.
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               Both day and night did we keep company. --Shak.
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               Within this portal as I kept my watch. --Smollett.
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     14. To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from
         or violate; to practice or perform, as duty; not to
         neglect; to be faithful to.
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               I have kept the faith.               --2 Tim. iv.
                                                    7.
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               Him whom to love is to obey, and keep
               His great command.                   --Milton.
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     15. To confine one's self to; not to quit; to remain in; as,
         to keep one's house, room, bed, etc.; hence, to haunt; to
         frequent. --Shak.
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               'Tis hallowed ground;
               Fairies, and fawns, and satyrs do it keep. --J.
                                                    Fletcher.
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     16. To observe duly, as a festival, etc.; to celebrate; to
         solemnize; as, to keep a feast.
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               I went with them to the house of God . . . with a
               multitude that kept holyday.         --Ps. xlii. 4.
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     To keep at arm's length. See under Arm, n.
  
     To keep back.
         (a) To reserve; to withhold. "I will keep nothing back
             from you." --Jer. xlii. 4.
         (b) To restrain; to hold back. "Keep back thy servant
             also from presumptuous sins." --Ps. xix. 13.
  
     To keep company with.
         (a) To frequent the society of; to associate with; as,
             let youth keep company with the wise and good.
         (b) To accompany; to go with; as, to keep company with
             one on a voyage; also, to pay court to, or accept
             attentions from, with a view to marriage. [Colloq.]
             
  
     To keep counsel. See under Counsel, n.
  
     To keep down.
         (a) To hold in subjection; to restrain; to hinder.
         (b) (Fine Arts) To subdue in tint or tone, as a portion
             of a picture, so that the spectator's attention may
             not be diverted from the more important parts of the
             work.
  
     To keep good hours or To keep bad hours, to be
        customarily early (or late) in returning home or in
        retiring to rest.
  
     To keep house.
         (a) To occupy a separate house or establishment, as with
             one's family, as distinguished from boarding; to
             manage domestic affairs.
         (b) (Eng. Bankrupt Law) To seclude one's self in one's
             house in order to evade the demands of creditors.
  
     To keep one's hand in, to keep in practice.
  
     To keep open house, to be hospitable.
  
     To keep the peace (Law), to avoid or to prevent a breach of
        the peace.
  
     To keep school, to govern, manage and instruct or teach a
        school, as a preceptor.
  
     To keep a stiff upper lip, to keep up one's courage.
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     To keep term.
         (a) (Eng. Universities) To reside during a term.
         (b) (Inns of Court) To eat a sufficient number of dinners
             in hall to make the term count for the purpose of
             being called to the bar. [Eng.] --Mozley & W.
  
     To keep touch. See under Touch, n.
  
     To keep under, to hold in subjection; hence, to oppress.
  
     To keep up.
         (a) To maintain; to prevent from falling or diminution;
             as, to keep up the price of goods; to keep up one's
             credit.
         (b) To maintain; to continue; to prevent from ceasing.
             "In joy, that which keeps up the action is the desire
             to continue it." --Locke.
  
     Syn: To retain; detain; reserve; preserve; hold; restrain;
          maintain; sustain; support; withhold. -- To Keep.
  
     Usage: Retain, Preserve. Keep is the generic term, and is
            often used where retain or preserve would too much
            restrict the meaning; as, to keep silence, etc. Retain
            denotes that we keep or hold things, as against
            influences which might deprive us of them, or reasons
            which might lead us to give them up; as, to retain
            vivacity in old age; to retain counsel in a lawsuit;
            to retain one's servant after a reverse of fortune.
            Preserve denotes that we keep a thing against agencies
            which might lead to its being destroyed or broken in
            upon; as, to preserve one's health; to preserve
            appearances.
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