keep a tab on (to)

 Watch carefully.
 ► “Snacks are a big market: they contribute 70% of Nabisco’s nearly $8 billion in annual revenues. This means that Nabisco must keep a close eye on its competitors.” (Forbes, Aug. 28, 1995, p. 102)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • tab — tab1 [tab] n. [< ?] 1. a small, flat loop, strap, or metal ring fastened to something for pulling it, hanging it up, etc. 2. a small, often ornamental, flap or piece fastened to the edge or surface as of a dress, coat, etc. 3. an attached or… …   English World dictionary

  • tab — {{11}}tab (n.1) small flap, c.1600, possibly a dialectal word, of uncertain origin. Often interchangeable with TAG (Cf. tag) (n.1). Cf. also Middle English tab strap or string (mid 15c.), Norw. dialectal tave piece of cloth, rag. {{12}}tab (n.2)… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tab — [tæb] noun [countable] 1. a small piece of paper or cloth that is fixed to the edge of something, usually giving information about it 2. a bill for something, especially one that has gradually increased over time: • One out of three credit card… …   Financial and business terms

  • tab — Ⅰ. tab [1] ► NOUN 1) a small flap or strip of material attached to something, for holding, manipulation, identification, etc. 2) Brit. Military a collar marking distinguishing an officer of high rank. 3) informal, chiefly N. Amer. a restaurant… …   English terms dictionary

  • 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.… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • tab|leau — «TAB loh, tab LOH», noun, plural tab|leaux «TAB lohz, tab LOHZ», less frequently, tab|leaus «TAB lohz, TAB|LOHZ». 1. a striking scene; picture. 2. a representation of a person, statue, picture, scene, or incident, by a person or group posing in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • keep tabs (or a tab) on — informal monitor the activities or development of. → tab …   English new terms dictionary

  • keep\ tabs\ 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.… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • keep tabs on — ► keep tabs on informal monitor the activities of. Main Entry: ↑tab …   English terms dictionary

  • keep (close) tabs on — informal phrase to watch someone carefully to see what they do, or to watch something carefully The police have been keeping close tabs on the organization. Thesaurus: to watch someone or somethingsynonym Main entry: tab …   Useful english dictionary

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