To keep down

Related to To keep down: Keep It on the Down Low
To hold in subjection; to restrain; to hinder.
(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.

See also: Keep, Keep

References in classic literature ?
And I'll give you to know, sir - for this my dear boy won't - that though his mother kept but a little village shop, he never forgot her, but pensioned me on thirty pound a year - more than I want, for I put by out of it - only making the condition that I was to keep down in my own part, and make no boasts about him, and not trouble him.
Thereat, Catherine silently turned her face from us, and, very stealthily, drew out her pocket- handkerchief and applied it to her eyes; and her cousin, after struggling awhile to keep down his softer feelings, pulled out the letter and flung it on the floor beside her, as ungraciously as he could.
The latter, leaning with his elbows on the window-sill and supporting his head with his two hands, whilst his eyes wandered over the distant hazy horizon where the windmills of Dort were turning their sails, was breathing the fresh air, in order to be able to keep down his tears and to fortify himself in his philosophy.
But the fightin' taught me to keep down the steam an' not do things I'd be sorry for afterward.
Naseby was silent for a moment, struggling to keep down his emotion, and he mastered it so far as to mount into the sarcastic vein, when he was in the nearest danger of melting into the sorrowful.
Additional watering was ordered on middle Sunday, and the Centre Court roof again kept closed until 4pm to keep down the temperature and relieve the stress on the grass.
16) about Steve Kay's efforts to keep down the council tax in Redcar and Cleveland.
Egypt is looking to keep down borrowing costs as it looks to resuscitate the economy.
However, the Office for Budget Responsibility has said that UK will need seven million migrants in the next 50 years to keep down national debt, the report added.
The garden will include plants which will be attractive to birds and insects, as well as plants which will be donated from local residents to keep down costs.
Lighter on your pocket Supermarket chain Sainsbury's is holding its biggest ever half price sale, with nearly 1,000 food, drink and other products on offer, helping to keep down the cost of sticking to those healthy eating New Year's resolutions.
The monetary policy of the National Bank allowed to maintain stable development pace of the banking system and to keep down inflation.