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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Merkel said: "I firmly distance myself from (the attacks) and I feel solidarity with" the four US congresswomen." "The strength of America lies in that people from different (origins) contributed to what makes the country great," she said.
Evening Standard editor Osborne said: "If I were the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and I wanted to maintain my credibility and the credibility of my force, I would distance myself from this very stupid and ill-advised statement."
I would quickly distance myself from this very stupid and ill-advised statement from a junior officer who doesn't appear to understand much about press freedom."
"I tried to distance myself from the But apparently, I said it's time that I talk.
I'm very proud of my dad so it would be foolish and ignorant to distance myself from that.
'Although I have a deep respect for Samina Peerzada and love her a lot, I want to publicly distance myself from the heinously racist and demoralizing brand, Fair and Lovely,' Nadia wrote on her official Facebook page.
As a member of the Presidency, I have to distance myself from this servile and unworthy behavior.
I was influenced by the closed mentality of my fellow students, and I started to distance myself from her too.
"For reasons of conscience, I want to distance myself from the statements made by the chairman, the spokesman, and the party, because I am totally opposed," Clerides said.
In Kenya, I would also powerfully and publicly distance myself from all gender, all racial, all religious and all ethno-tribal bigots and pinheads.
"I will distance myself from politics because I just came today purposely to grieve with the family of the late Kipchoim, but I will still be back to tell you my 2022 agenda," he said.
Maybe wisdom comes with age, but after cleaning a zillion firearms with scores of products, I've been trying to distance myself from skin contact with the witches' brews I swab down those dirty bores.
"I've found that I have to slowly distance myself from that teacher-pupil relationship and see him as an equal," explained the Dillane, who plays Nick Clark on "Fear the Walking Dead." "Whenever I watch him, I am amazed at how brilliant he is, and it makes me doubt myself.
'I couldn't distance myself from it anymore,' she said.
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