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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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.
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.
The post PASYDY nurses distance themselves from disgruntled colleagues appeared first on Cyprus Mail .
A senior Ukrainian official has told AFP that both the leaders of Belarus and Kazakhstan are trying to distance themselves from the Kremlin as they seek alliances in Europe.
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.
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.
We hear the Tories are now going to distance themselves from Lord Ashcroft -will they also distance themselves from his money and pay him back the millions he has made to them in donations?
Summary: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned opposition leaders on Sunday to distance themselves from protesters whom he accused of acting "against Islam" as he labeled the June
Nor will we trust those local MPs who are suddenly trying to distance themselves from the actions of their own local party - is a general election on the horizon?
Officials at St Andrew's were quick to distance themselves from any wrongdoing, however, and insisted they were assisting officers in their pursuit of parties with no direct association to the club.
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