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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[USA] Mar 15 (ANI):Following the broadcast of 'Leaving Neverland', many popular brands like Starbucks and Louis Vuitton are trying to distance themselves from Michael Jackson.
CARDIFF City boss Neil Warnock says he stands by his Brexit comments after the club made a move to distance themselves from their manager's political views.
Marlene Koenig, a royal expert, said that Prince William and Prince Harry's decision to distance themselves from the media didn't help improve their reputation as royals.
Some of the countries that tried to distance themselves from Qatar after the Saudi-led siege began on June 5 last year were under financial and political pressure, Doha resident Sana Zarrar told Qatar Urdu Radio yesterday.
IMMEDIATE past vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on National Planning, Economic Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, has described the changed order of 2019 elections passed by the National Assembly as an indication that All Progressives Congress (APC) members in both chambers are trying to distance themselves from the perceived failure of President Muhammadu Buhari.
On Friday, former president Pervez Musharaf announced formation of Awami Ittehad Alliance of 23 political parties of the country but after one day the formation of the 23 political parties' alliance, several parties distance themselves from the alliance.
Summary: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea Sunday called on Christians of the Levant to stand up for what they believe in rather than distance themselves from events in the region.
Chico Lanete capped the Road Warriors' 17-3 run across the final two quarters with 9:37 left to distance themselves from the Batang Pier with a 96-82 lead.
Calling Urdu-speaking people humble and patriotic he asked them to distance themselves from Altaf Hussain.
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She added: "Tories like Chloe Smith are so desperate to distance themselves from their shocking record that they have taken to calling themselves socialists to get re-elected."
I hope that the Macedonian archeologists will react swiftly and distance themselves from the great embarrassment that the excavators of excitement bring, comments Rizaov.
It is the first time for the Greeks to officially deny and distance themselves from such a speculation," said Pen-darovski.
Quite correctly, the SNP were quick to distance themselves from Brodie's remarks, which were ill thought-out and offensive.
The burkha is a fashion item and if young women choose to wear it to show modesty and distance themselves from the vulgarity of some other fashions like micro skirts, plunging necklines and see-through clothes, they are to be commended, not criticised.
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