distance (oneself) from (someone or something)

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distance (oneself) from (someone or something)

To limit engagement or association (or the appearance thereof) between oneself and someone or something. Politicians have been quick to distance themselves from the senator ever since news of her drug scandal broke. The company, trying to build up its environmentally-friendly image, has been distancing itself from its past connections to the oil industry.
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He called on Muslims to reinforce their fasting by beholding the tongue from speaking nonsense, to distance oneself from vice, drugs and liquor and stay away from threatening anybody.
Abu Dhabi: Christmas should be an occasion to uphold religious harmony in the interest of eternal peace and distance oneself from consumerism that dilutes the real spirit of the season, parish priests in the capital said.
Before which we summed up our discussions on the importance of technical aspects, on clarity, how to distance oneself from a topic but remain passionate, to respect readership by presenting facts and analysis and how to enlighten while challenging the established norms, including religion and traditions.
Sometimes there are legitimate reasons to distance oneself from a parent (abuse, for example), but in too many instances, it is one parent's petty revenge upon the other.
Gadgets should be used to make life better and not to distance oneself from the reality.
Such refusal to interpret is thoroughly unsatisfying, not to mention reductive and reactionary: trying to distance oneself from Da Vinci Code types is one thing--as Freud apocryphally said, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar--but in this case it seems absurd to forego deeper analysis.
Thus the call for international isolation, on the background of the bloody domestic crisis, becomes an attempt to distance oneself from such experiences, which means the continued subversion of the meaning of reform.
While it is possible to distance oneself from the international reputation of a government/ state, an individual's relationship to his or her country is intrinsic--the term country refers to a nation's specific identity as a unique cultural group.
69-96) follows the career trajectory of the turn-of-the-century Mallorcan/Uruguayan author and critic Torrendell who, unlike most of his Rioplatense contemporaries, embraced the hybridity of his background rather than following the contemporary tendency to distance oneself from Peninsular models.
At times he asserts that to distance God from violence is to distance oneself from the Christian tradition; that the effort to create such a distance can only be Marcionite or neo-Gnostic.
To distance oneself from "la parole d'autrui" (others' discourse) may be wise, he suggests.
Education provided an opportunity to distance oneself from the everyday toil of work life.
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