stay back

stay back (from something)

to keep one's distance from someone or something. Stay back from the lawn mower! This is dangerous. Stay back!
See also: back, stay

stay back

v.
1. To refrain from approaching. Used chiefly as a command: Stay back!—I've got a knife.
2. To repeat a grade level in school: The teacher suggested that our child stay back a year.
See also: back, stay
References in classic literature ?
She told Toto and Billina to stay back while she slowly advanced toward the group that stood silently awaiting her.
In token of this, a great many doors were opening and shutting, two or three people stood irresolutely on the stairs, now going a few steps up, and now a few steps down, and Sir Francis himself had come out from his study, with the "Times" under his arm, and a complaint about noise and draughts from the open door which, at least, had the effect of bundling the people who did not want to go into the carriage, and sending those who did not want to stay back to their rooms.
I had to stay back at the office with my colleagues on Tuesday night.
The way the school pursued punishment in this instance is not progressive and that making a student stay back for an hour or more after school time is unacceptable.
If an absconding and overstaying migrant wants to stay back and become a documented worker, he can do it during this three-month amnesty period.
Through this, stay will not be limited to the stipulation of the visa and now I can stay back or visit often to care for my aging parents," said Akhil Goswami, a British citizen, visiting India for the diaspora gathering.
Batra also accused Walsh of showing 'no concern' for the team after he refused to stay back for the Champions Trophy despite the federation's request.
He further said that around thousand Indian nationals have expressed their wish to come back, but still a significant number wants to stay back.
But it has emerged the stewards had been instructed to stay back for their own safety once public order offences had been committed.
The marines, who had allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen in the Arabian Sea last year, said they were happy to stay back in Italy and join work.
Anuradha Vobbilisetty, President of the Telugu Shravanthi Association in Sharjah, said more than half of the inmates convicted for minor offences are expected to stay back.
SEAMUS COLEMAN is aiming to stay back for the future - after his longest run of starts in his favoured right-back role since he made his Everton debut.
Maybe, third in the 1000 Guineas, was O'Brien's first string but she appeared not to stay back in fifth.
Kalbani appealed to the citizens currently in Lebanon to leave, and in case they have to stay back for any unavoidable reasons, to contact the UAE embassy in Beirut for giving information about their whereabouts and contact details.
AISHA SIDAHMED DOHA SALE of Arabic sweets has gone up on the eve of Eid al Fitr as many Arab expatriates decided to stay back in Qatar because of disturbances in their home countries.