keep (one's) distance from (someone or something)

keep (one's) distance from (someone or something)

1. To maintain physical distance between oneself and someone or something. Keep your distance from the downed wire, people. He better keep his distance from that bear.
2. To limit one's real or perceived engagement, involvement, or association with someone or some group. Politicians have been keeping their distance from the senator ever since news of her scandal broke. We'll need to keep our distance from that supplier while they are being investigated.
See also: distance, keep
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