keep from doing

keep someone or something from doing something

to prevent someone or something from doing something. Would you please keep your dog from digging in my garden? Her lack of a degree kept her from advancing.
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keep someone from doing something

to prevent someone from doing something. til I kept the child from falling in the lake by grabbing his collar. I try to keep myself from overeating, but I seem to fail frequently.
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References in classic literature ?
Try as I might to keep from doing it, my mind told me I was to do it now.
3 : to keep from doing or being <Brian turned back to avoid embarrassing the pilot .
What kind of unethical slime would need policing by rule to keep from doing it?
1 : to keep from doing something <I wanted to speak, but restrained myself.
3 : to keep from doing something <I couldn't stop him from leaving.