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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This means that it can help wipe away negative thoughts about your appearance, while offering the opportunity to distance yourself from appearanceobsessed urban spaces.
If your thoughts are all about how to distance yourself from the failure, you're not going to learn from your mistakes," notes Malkoc, who indicates that, in most real-life situations, people probably have both cognitive and emotional responses to their failures, but the important thing to remember is not to avoid the emotional pain of failing, but to use that pain to fuel improvement.
If there's a friend who is always too keen to burden you with her problems, you can distance yourself from the negativity.
We would like to remind you to distance yourself from Keake who is a supporter of Taban Deng Gai," he added.
In situation where someone is giving you unnecessary stress, just choose to distance yourself from that person and let the bad spirit melt away.
SAGITTARIUS November 23-December 21 Someone you'd hoped to distance yourself from seems to be infiltrating your inner circle.
Firouzabadi addressed leaders of the Islamic and Arab states whose names are seen in the so-called Saudi anti-terrorism coalition, and said, "You had better inform the world and your people of your decision to distance yourself from this fake anti-terrorism coalition to reveal the Saudis' lies.
And the best way to do this would be to distance yourself from this girl for a while.
Distance yourself from her and keep in your mind that the problem is hers, not yours.
This may see you want to distance yourself from the source of your unhappiness.
Question is, will you now distance yourself from that ex?
If you do not distance yourself from it you think, 'What kind of world are we living in?
Distance yourself from your rival and concentrate on your own performance.
Distance yourself from this boy, and think about other guys who are worth crushing on.
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