keep/stay out of somebody's way

keep out of the/(one's) way

1. To be somewhere where one or something is not a physical impediment to someone else. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used after "keep." You need to keep your stuff out of my way so I can run the vacuum cleaner. I wish my little brother would keep out of my way when I'm setting up my model train. Your dad has to line up these tiles very carefully, so keep out of his way, all right?
2. To not be a distraction, imposition, nuisance, or irritation for someone. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used after "keep." Whenever my parents are arguing like that, I try to keep out of their way as much as possible. You should really keep your intern out of my way, Michael. Some of us have real work to get done around here.
See also: keep, of, out, way

stay out of the/(one's) way

1. To be somewhere where one or something is not a physical impediment to someone else. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used after "stay." You need to stay your stuff out of my way so I can run the vacuum cleaner. I wish my little brother would stay out of my way when I'm setting up my model train. Your dad has to line up these tiles very carefully, so stay out of his way, all right?
2. To not be a distraction, imposition, nuisance, or irritation for someone. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used after "stay." Whenever my parents are arguing like that, I try to stay out of their way as much as possible. You should really stay your intern out of my way, Michael. Some of us have real work to get done around here.
See also: of, out, stay, way

keep/stay out of somebody’s ˈway

avoid somebody: He’s got a lot of work to do at the moment, so if I were you I’d stay out of his way until he’s got it finished.
See also: keep, of, out, stay, way
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And when he read his paper of an evening, Demi's colic got into the shipping list and Daisy's fall affected the price of stocks, for Mrs.
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And she summoned a young black woman, whom she instructed, in French, to be very careful in checking off the list which she handed her.
he who abandons his damsels in the very lists," she cried; "here have we been days, nay, ages, expecting you at our feet, imploring mercy and forgetfulness of your craven backsliding, or I should rather say, backrunning--for verily you fled in the manner that no stricken deer, as our worthy friend the scout would say, could equal
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They had him on a secret list in every office, big and little, in the place.
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If I had known how to name them, I should then have signed off in detail from all the societies which I never signed on to; but I did not know where to find such a complete list.
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Those banks of beautiful ladies, shining in their barbaric splendors, would see a knight sprawl from his horse in the lists with a lance- shaft the thickness of your ankle clean through him and the blood spouting, and instead of fainting they would clap their hands and crowd each other for a better view; only sometimes one would dive into her handkerchief, and look ostentatiously broken-hearted, and then you could lay two to one that there was a scandal there somewhere and she was afraid the public hadn't found it out.
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And if anybody that belonged to the band told the secrets, he must have his throat cut, and then have his carcass burnt up and the ashes scattered all around, and his name blotted off of the list with blood and never men- tioned again by the gang, but have a curse put on it and be forgot forever.
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