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*aloof from someone or something

being remote or distant from someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; keep ~; remain ~; stay ~.) She tends to keep aloof from the rest of us. Ken stays aloof from other committee members between meetings.
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Then she said, "Hector son of Priam, peer of gods in counsel, father Jove has sent me to bear you this message--so long as you see Agamemnon heading his men and making havoc of the Trojan ranks, you are to keep aloof and bid the others bear the brunt of the battle, but when Agamemnon is wounded either by spear or arrow, and takes to his chariot, then will Jove vouchsafe you strength to slay till you reach the ships, and till night falls at the going down of the sun.
When Blanche saw that, notwithstanding his moments of passion, Strickland remained aloof, she must have been filled with dismay, and even in those moments I surmise that she realised that to him she was not an individual, but an instrument of pleasure; he was a stranger still, and she tried to bind him to herself with pathetic arts.
For she keeps fearful anger and does not consort with the gods, but sits aloof in her fragrant temple, dwelling in the rocky hold of Eleusis.
I had enjoyed her company at first, but since the trip across the Channel I had held aloof from her.
Nevertheless his genius and the atmosphere of his poems are generally dreamy, romantic, and aloof from actual life.
If it is true of Tennyson, however, that he stands aloof from actual life, this is far truer of Rossetti.
I please myself with imagining a State at least which can afford to be just to all men, and to treat the individual with respect as a neighbor; which even would not think it inconsistent with its own repose if a few were to live aloof from it, not meddling with it, nor embraced by it, who fulfilled all the duties of neighbors and fellow-men.
And how aloof and remote from him she had become now!
This fact, so important to himself and of so little moment to any body else, was the principal reason, that while his more vivacious Gallic neighbours were not slow to open a frank communion with their visiters, he chose to keep aloof, seemingly content with the society of his daughter, who was a girl just emerging from the condition of childhood into that of a woman.
It had pleased the parties to pass the day of the wedding in retirement, dedicating it solely to the best and purest affections, aloof from the noisy and heartless rejoicings of a compelled festivity.
But Stephen did not appear to notice this, and as some lady-purchasers came up, he lounged on toward Maggie's end, handling trifles and standing aloof until Wakem, who had taken out his purse, had finished his t transactions.
They had begun the morning with an indifferent salutation, and both had rejoiced in being aloof from each other, like a patient who has actually done without his opium, in spite of former failures in resolution.
ISLAMABAD -- Former World Squash Champion, Qamar Zaman Thursday urged the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) and other national sports bodies to boycott the South Asian Games to be held next year in India as it is a matter of country's prestige and other sports bodiescannot remain aloof from India's response to cricket series with Pakistan.
CAT lover Sue McKenzie found a cancer in her neck when her normally aloof puss kept tapping her on the shoulder.
35 Galway Ardilaun House Hotel Oyster Stakes 1m4f Listed ATR Card page 54 STELLAR GLOW, Lily's Rainbow and Princess Aloof all contested the Listed Hurry Harriet Stakes at Gowran Park three weeks ago and renew rivalries.