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Definition the maintenance required to keep something in good working order
  • The old lady helped with the upkeep of the house.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • He didn't bother with upkeep.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • These things were a man's job, he liked to say, proud of his own upkeep.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • He spent half a million (deductible) yen a month on its upkeep.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • 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
  • "I'm not much for car upkeep simply for aesthetics' sake," he said.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • 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
  • He, and he in person, is responsible for the upkeep of that house for the next three years.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • 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
  • 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
  • All this involved the upkeep of registers and statistics, and Grand undertook the task.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • 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
  • In her opinion, the firm should pay for our upkeep, but that's ridiculous.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • These days, the children share in the upkeep of Noah's house.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • Dark blue means scientist or researcher, and green means support staff—they do maintenance, upkeep, things like that.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • Was looking after the upkeep of the road, he declared.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • 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 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
  • "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
  • And again, since no animal now stole, it was unnecessary to fence off pasture from arable land, which saved a lot of labor on the upkeep of hedges and gates.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm

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