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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A senior Ukrainian official has told AFP that both the leaders of Belarus and Kazakhstan are trying to distance themselves from the Kremlin as they seek alliances in Europe.
I hope that the Macedonian archeologists will react swiftly and distance themselves from the great embarrassment that the excavators of excitement bring, comments Rizaov.
It is the first time for the Greeks to officially deny and distance themselves from such a speculation," said Pen-darovski.
Summary: The head of Hamas' government in Gaza called Sunday on Palestinians to distance themselves from Lebanon's national conflicts, the National News Agency reported.
According to the Huffington Post, Israeli officials have sought to distance themselves from Syria's standoff, but have prepared themselves for a possible strike.
Quite correctly, the SNP were quick to distance themselves from Brodie's remarks, which were ill thought-out and offensive.
The burkha is a fashion item and if young women choose to wear it to show modesty and distance themselves from the vulgarity of some other fashions like micro skirts, plunging necklines and see-through clothes, they are to be commended, not criticised.
We hear the Tories are now going to distance themselves from Lord Ashcroft -will they also distance themselves from his money and pay him back the millions he has made to them in donations?
Summary: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned opposition leaders on Sunday to distance themselves from protesters whom he accused of acting "against Islam" as he labeled the June
Nor will we trust those local MPs who are suddenly trying to distance themselves from the actions of their own local party - is a general election on the horizon?
Officials at St Andrew's were quick to distance themselves from any wrongdoing, however, and insisted they were assisting officers in their pursuit of parties with no direct association to the club.
The Klaxons are now trying to distance themselves from the term, even though their latest single is a cover of the old school rave classic Not Over Yet.
Numerous men and women continue to distance themselves from dwelling with God," Benedict said, "in favour of living in a desert of individual isolation, a fractured society, and the loss of cultural identity.
The authors were able to distance themselves from the thought patterns and agenda of certain neo-conservatives in Washington but were not able to deal with Kurds in all three regions, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran at once, as Denise Natalie has done.
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