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keep someone or something away (from someone or something)

to maintain a physical distance between someone or something and someone or something, in any combination. I will try to keep the smokers away from you. Try to keep the dog away from the roast.
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keep away

(from someone or something) Go to away (from someone or something).
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keep away

v.
1. To remain at a distance from something, especially something that should be avoided: You should keep away from fallen electrical wires after storms so that you don't get electrocuted. The dog is in a bad mood, so you should keep away.
2. To cause someone or something to remain at a distance from something: Keep your cat away from my dog! Keep the candy away—I'm on a diet.
3. To refrain from using or doing something, especially something harmful: The doctor said I should keep away from alcohol.
4. To cause someone or something to refrain from doing something: Nothing could keep me away from a quick trip to visit you. I love to ski in the winter, and nothing could keep me away.
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Their fences boast of "US Property: No Trespassing" signs that try to keep away blatant localism.
Shrinking heads, or making tsantsa, an ancient practice associated mostly with the Jivaro tribe of South America, was believed to keep away avenging spirits.
But she says she has to keep away from him out of a responsibility for her own child.
Slip the frog over your computer mouse when you're not using it to keep away the dust and to decorate your desk.
James Monahan, 38, was jailed for six months yesterday and ordered to keep away from Annette Bewick.
While the military keep away from the petroleum sector and economics, they watch Bouteflika's political actions very closely.
Interviewed, Edward says: 'My dad always told me to keep away from three things: keep away from fast women and slow horses.
But no amount of wood gathering or snowshoeing up to where the sun shone all day could keep away the longing for friends and family.
Some animals take the brute force approach, forming hard shells or spines, while others fashion chemical defenses to keep away starfish and other attackers.
I now have a child to nurse as well as man flu to keep away from my door 'I did, however, have with me my son's packed lunch.
Dubai/Abu Dhabi: Vaccines for H1N1 are still under clinical tests and the only precautions travellers can take when going abroad on their annual vacations is to keep away from suspected cases, doctors advise.
Mint will also discourage caterpillars while coriander and dill keep away cabbage moths.
Ashlee Simpson, strangely blond and schoolmarmish in headband and funereal black suit, depended on dad Joe and new boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama to keep away the riff-raff.