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Just basic upkeep.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  the maintenance required to keep something in good working order
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  • Just basic upkeep.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "Courtesans go through the same experience: they’re taken in at a young age, and are bound to their brothels until they can earn back every coin that went into their training, upkeep, and wardrobe."
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "Let me remind you," Barney Northrup said, "the rent here is cheaper than what your old house costs in upkeep."
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • I’m thinking I could just rent something, one of those streamlined efficiencies that wouldn’t need any upkeep.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • Zeke also told me that he had heard they were going to make me pay for the upkeep of the boat.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • And again, since no animal now stole, it was unnecessary to fence off pasture from arable land, which saved a lot of labour on the upkeep of hedges and gates.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • In her opinion, the firm should pay for our upkeep, but that’s ridiculous.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Landlords filled the apartment complexes through government housing programs, which brought in African American tenants, and simultaneously cut back on upkeep, allowing the complexes to fall into disrepair.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He spent half a million (deductible) yen a month on its upkeep.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • "I’m not much for car upkeep simply for aesthetics’ sake," he said.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen

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  • But if I threaten to leave him, he calls me the poor little rich girl (which, if we actually were rich, would be a whole different story) and says I can’t leave him because no man we know around here could afford the upkeep!
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The minute Sue got her hands on a little money she’d give herself unendurable airs and never contribute one cent toward the upkeep of Tara.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He pointed out the injustice of this policy, since the upkeep of the beaches comes from a gasoline tax.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Was looking after the upkeep of the road, he declared.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Of course, tenant selection helps, they stagger the rents, the families who make twelve hundred a year pay more for the same apartment to help carry the families who make six hundred a year—you know, underdog milked to help somebody underdoggier—but still, the cost of the building and the upkeep must be as low as humanly possible.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He had a dim perception of the following budget: About 80,000 went in payments on all the estates to the Land Bank, about 30,000 went for the upkeep of the estate near Moscow, the town house, and the allowance to the three princesses; about 15,000 was given in pensions and the same amount for asylums; 150,000 alimony was sent to the countess; about 70,000 went for interest on debts.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The talk was all of the trade that came and went on the waterways and the growth of the traffic on the river, as the roads out of the East towards Mirkwood vanished or fell into disuse; and of the bickerings of the Lake-men and the Wood-elves about the upkeep of the Forest River and the care of the banks.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • (He is a gentle man; thoughtful and somewhat labored in his manner) It is one of these community organizations set up to look after—oh, you know, things like block upkeep and special projects and we also have what we call our New Neighbors Orientation Committee .
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • These things were a man’s job, he liked to say, proud of his own upkeep.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • These days, the children share in the upkeep of Noah’s house.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • The old lady helped with the upkeep of the house.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • …dollars, now cost them five hundred, there being no market for oil field equipment, and the suppliers having to earn on one drill what they had earned on five, or perish-then the pipe lines began to close, there being no one able to pay for their upkeep-then the railroads were granted permission to raise their freight rates, there being little oil to carry and the cost of running tank trains having crushed two small lines out of existence-and when the sun went down, they saw that the…
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • And since he owned her house as well as ours, it hadn’t taken him two minutes to see that by putting the two families together and leasing out Loma’s place, the rent money would just about equal her upkeep.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • The dispersal of the rest was rather minutely itemized: the taxes and improvements on the Lake Geneva estate had come to almost nine thousand dollars; the general up-keep, including Beatrice’s electric and a French car, bought that year, was over thirty-five thousand dollars.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • For ever since he had been working and earning money, it had been assumed that he would contribute a fair portion of all that he received—at least three-fourths of the smaller salaries he had received up to this time—toward the upkeep of the home.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • All this involved the upkeep of registers and statistics, and Grand undertook the task.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • He, and he in person, is responsible for the upkeep of that house for the next three years.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • The upkeep of that motor car alone must cost him quite a lot, said Septimus, when they got out into the street.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • The upkeep of board-schools in England comes out of the /rates/, which are local taxes levied upon householders.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • He didn’t bother with upkeep.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Dark blue means scientist or researcher, and green means support staff—they do maintenance, upkeep, things like that.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • He did not justify his kinsman’s confidence, and even took the money given him for Yura’s upkeep and spent it on himself.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • In fact, if necessary, I will contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of the professorship whatever sum is necessary to sustain my participation.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • He had a one-room apartment over a garage, enjoyed doing the repairs and upkeep on the old lodge, loved being back within walking distance of untamed country, and was staying sober.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Emanuel Ransom, a board member at the center who had long criticized the refugee community for not contributing more to the center’s upkeep, thought the Decatur-DeKalb YMCA, which sponsored the Fugees, should pay more for the program’s use of the field.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • There were already gangs, addicts, and a rougher element living in those apartments when the agencies began sending refugees to the landlords; without the refugees and the upkeep on which the agencies insisted, most in the resettlement community felt, Clarkston might have deteriorated into a slum.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Khodatskoie stood at a crossing of the road and the railway; it had engine repair shops and other workshops connected with the upkeep of the line, and there, crowded into barracks, the poorest of the poor lived and wasted away and died.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Nor will we pay for the upkeep on the boat if you continue to commute.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Gentlemen, all I am asking you is to continue to pay for my gas and upkeep of the boat this year.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
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