Meaning of “the company sb keeps” in the English Dictionary

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"the company sb keeps" in British English

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the company sb keeps

the influence of the people that someone spends time with:

"Where does he pick up words like that?" "It's the company he keeps."
He's been keeping bad company (= spending time with unsuitable people).

(Definition of “the company sb keeps” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)