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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'If you are not prepared to act upon our legitimate concerns then it will leave us with no option but to distance ourselves from UNICEF, encouraging our elected representatives and others to work toward the same.'
The President regretted that 'violent extremism is the greatest challenge facing Islam today and the only way we can neutralise its evil influence is to distance ourselves from the activities and teachings of those who preach indiscriminate violence against innocent people.
For those of us fortunate to be able to distance ourselves from the political prejudices and straitjackets that confine and cripple our thinking, Boris Johnson is one of those rare characters who generate a reflex smile as soon as you see him.
'We distance ourselves from the deputy governor's Facebook statement purporting to be on behalf of our community.
We have to distance ourselves from this Westminster insanity."
"This is also how we want to distance ourselves from politically motivated, unjustified statements and attacks that lead to suspicions that only one applicant fulfilled the conditions," she said, as quoted by SITA.
Fred Ofosu Twum, said: 'We, the constituency executives in the region, distance ourselves from the publicised endorsement of one of the candidates for the upcoming chairmanship race of the party.'
It's easy, once they've done so, to distance ourselves from their humanity.
This is the reason why many of us in Diaspora oppose it and want to distance ourselves from it".Jubilee supporters took issue with Nasa supporters in the UK, who recently went public in support of the swearing-in.
Hailing the courage and determination of the victim families of the massacres, Gilani said, 'We can never afford to distance ourselves from the sacred mission of martyrs and we must need to try our best to get rid of this humiliating slavery.'
"Moreover, Shah said that the parliament must complete its tenure and the general elections should take place on time."We, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) don't want to distance ourselves from other political parties.
Our festive fixtures therefore take on added significance as we battle to distance ourselves from any basement battles brewing.
"In 2011 we unanimously agreed to distance ourselves from the conflicts that surround us and today we must commit ourselves to this, for the sake of the country's safety," Derian said, speaking at Dar al-Fatwa to mark the Prophet's Birthday, in a speech broadcast by local channel MTV.
"We are keen to distance ourselves from members of the public collecting for charity using the name of the Academy, as it could discredit our reputation and undermine the efforts of our students."
I am fed up with remainers, especially your columnists Kate Thick and George Hepburn, presuming that those of us who voted leave are antiimmigration, and want to distance ourselves from Europe.
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