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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"In fact, to fail in the sincerity of sharing or to fail in the sincerity of love means to cultivate hypocrisy, to distance oneself from the truth, to become selfish, to extinguish the fire of communion and to destine oneself to the chill of inner death."
'The only way to not have blood dripping from one's hands like Amnesty International is to distance oneself from the organization irrespective of what is on offer.
Spiritual uplifting seems to accompany a tendency to distance oneself from the material pleasures.
There were no caps distributed that said "I'm Junaid" but just a few placards that distance oneself from the mindless violence perpetrated by mobs that have been thriving since Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed power at the Centre.
At Baros Maldives, one can distance oneself from reality or remain in touch as every villa has a 54-channel television, i-Pod and free wi-fi.
He called on Muslims to reinforce their fasting by beholding the tongue from speaking nonsense, to distance oneself from vice, drugs and liquor and stay away from threatening anybody.
Abu Dhabi: Christmas should be an occasion to uphold religious harmony in the interest of eternal peace and distance oneself from consumerism that dilutes the real spirit of the season, parish priests in the capital said.
Before which we summed up our discussions on the importance of technical aspects, on clarity, how to distance oneself from a topic but remain passionate, to respect readership by presenting facts and analysis and how to enlighten while challenging the established norms, including religion and traditions.
Sometimes there are legitimate reasons to distance oneself from a parent (abuse, for example), but in too many instances, it is one parent's petty revenge upon the other.
Gadgets should be used to make life better and not to distance oneself from the reality.
Such refusal to interpret is thoroughly unsatisfying, not to mention reductive and reactionary: trying to distance oneself from Da Vinci Code types is one thing--as Freud apocryphally said, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar--but in this case it seems absurd to forego deeper analysis.
Thus the call for international isolation, on the background of the bloody domestic crisis, becomes an attempt to distance oneself from such experiences, which means the continued subversion of the meaning of reform.
Is it possible to distance oneself from pieces of the past or does unacknowledged trauma inevitably rear its head?
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