keep from doing

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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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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What kind of unethical slime would need policing by rule to keep from doing it?