keep (one's) hands off (something or someone)

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keep (one's) hands off (something or someone)

1. To refrain from touching or handling (something or someone). (Usually said imperatively.) You kids keep your hands off those cookies, they're for after dinner! I have every right to be on this property, so keep your hands off me! That television is brand new, so keep your hands off!
2. To refrain from becoming involved with or attempting to take or control (something or someone). (Usually said imperatively.) That rotten bank had better keep its hands off my land! Listen, buddy, keep your hands off my sister, you hear?
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keep one's hands off (something)

to refrain from touching or handling something. I'm going to put these cookies here. You keep your hands off them. Get your hands off my book, and keep them off.
See also: hand, keep, off
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em to yourself - and look here, old 'un, keep your hands off me
Keep your hands off, or it will be the worse for you.
Also, while the gleefully delivered lines "I've been working hard/ trying to keep my hands off of you'' is endearing when you first hear it, the follow-up, "and you've been working twice as hard/ trying to keep your hands off of me'' bespeaks a sort of vanity on the part of the song's persona, and causes a sort of semantic cringe.
However, if you're not up for spending a couple of days in a sleeping bag with your new girlfriend when you should be in the 'can't keep your hands off each other' stage, then I don't think she's the one for you
And now England, as you will be keeping your hands off our shirt, please keep your hands off our manager too.
Keep bringing the young lads through, Moyesey - and keep your hands off him, Man United
My message to other police forces and police authorities is keep your hands off.
Boyd also had Top 20 hits with Keep Your Hands Off My Baby and Let's Turkey Trot.
While you may want to keep your hands off BMY, watch for a rejection at 25 (again), which could give you the opportunity to jump into some bearish positions.
Keep your hands off the cooler assembly when removing or installing the TRU.
Crewmen, keep your hands off the vehicular intercommunication system (VIS) alarm cable connected to the driver's full function crew station
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