keep\ tab\ on

• keep tab on
• keep tabs on
v. phr. informal
1. To keep a record of.

The government tries to keep tabs on all the animals in the park.

2. To keep a watch on; check.

The house mother kept tabs on the girls to be sure they were clean and neat.

Compare: keep track

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • tab — See: keep tab on or keep tabs on …   Словарь американских идиом

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