keep (one's) hands to (oneself)

keep (one's) hands to (oneself)

To refrain from touching someone or something. (Usually said imperatively.) OK, children, the things in this museum are very fragile, so keep your hands to yourselves! I kept telling Susie to keep her hands to herself, but she just couldn't resist pulling her sister's ponytail.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

keep one's hands to (oneself)

Fig. to refrain from touching anything or anyone; to refrain from punching or poking someone. Won't you keep your hands to yourself? Keep your hands to yourself while we are in the toy store. I want you boys to stop fighting and keep your hands to yourselves.
See also: hand, keep
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Keep your hands to yourself

1. sent. Do not touch things that are not yours.; Do not touch breakable things. (Said to a child.) You can look, but don’t touch. Keep your hands to yourself.
2. sent. Don’t poke or hit other children. (Said to a child.) Jimmy! Leave him alone and keep your hands to yourself.
3. sent. No intimate caressing is allowed. (Said to an adult, usually a male.) Just keep your hands to yourself or take me home.
See also: hand, keep
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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