keep it low


Senior Member
My friend told me that he smokes two cigarettes a day.To which I replied him'keep it low' .I wanted to mean that he should not smoke many cigarettes.

Kindly tell me if I was correct to use 'keep it low'.
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    No, we wouldn't say that.

    "Keep it low" is a phase we would use in reference to sound volume, as of a radio or TV.

    (Many Americans might say, "That's two too many!" in response to your friend.)


    Senior Member
    English - United States
    The general idea is understandable, but the reference of "it" is puzzling. The topic is smoking, which would be singular, but smoking isn't ordinarily said to be low. "Keep that number low" (referring to "two") would have been better.
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