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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To find out more 0901 6093141 TAURUS (April 21/May 21): You may want to distance yourself from someone who is becoming a danger to your situation.
Distance yourself from someone who drains your energy, as this is always a telling sign.
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