distance (oneself) from (someone or something)

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distance (oneself) from (someone or something)

To limit engagement or association (or the appearance thereof) between oneself and someone or something. Politicians have been quick to distance themselves from the senator ever since news of her drug scandal broke. The company, trying to build up its environmentally-friendly image, has been distancing itself from its past connections to the oil industry.
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The work of construction seems to be a sort of balance struck between many bees, all instinctively standing at the same relative distance from each other, all trying to sweep equal spheres, and then building up, or leaving ungnawed, the planes of intersection between these spheres.
Nor does there seem to me any great difficulty in a single insect (as in the case of a queen-wasp) making hexagonal cells, if she work alternately on the inside and outside of two or three cells commenced at the same time, always standing at the proper relative distance from the parts of the cells just begun, sweeping spheres or cylinders, and building up intermediate planes.
Thus, as I believe, the most wonderful of all known instincts, that of the hive-bee, can be explained by natural selection having taken advantage of numerous, successive, slight modifications of simpler instincts; natural selection having by slow degrees, more and more perfectly, led the bees to sweep equal spheres at a given distance from each other in a double layer, and to build up and excavate the wax along the planes of intersection.
the additional cultural distance from one investment (or existing investment base) to another on MNE performance.
The present study aims at determining find the threshold value of distance between QTH and QTR (running parallel to each other with the distance from 0 to 2.5 km), based on the ungulates occurrence which may guide the route selection of QTE.
Temporal distance in this study referred to the distance from the temporal point when the consumers were expected to purchase the products to the present point.
The experimental results showed that the perception of interpersonal distance affected individuals' favorability ratings of figures in pictures, thus affecting their psychological distance from others in an interpersonal communication context.
Distance learner mostly remains at distance from his teacher.
We don't have an advisory on best-practice stopping distances based upon speed." Bernadette, however, feels more needs to be done about educating drivers to maintain a safe distance from cars in front of them when driving.
The analysis shows that with increasing distance from the CBD, the median walking distance decreases up to the middle rings and then increases in the outer and regional rings.
It is known that the perceived distance from a camera position to an object in a photograph is affected by the distance between an observer and the photograph.
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