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keep away (from someone or something)
1. To maintain a physical separation, as between two or more people or things. Kids, keep away from that beehive!
2. To cause someone or something to keep a physical distance from someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "keep" and "away." Keep the kids away from that beehive! Keep Aunt Mildred away from me, will you? She can be such a nag.
3. To avoid something, usually because it is harmful or dangerous. But no cake for Uncle Al—he's supposed to be keeping away from sweets. I think she's finally started keeping away from the cigarettes.
4. To cause someone to fail to do something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "keep" and "away." We're very disappointed that this storm is keeping us away from our trip.
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keep someone or something away (from someone or something)
to maintain a physical distance between someone or something and someone or something, in any combination. I will try to keep the smokers away from you. Try to keep the dog away from the roast.
(from someone or something) Go to away (from someone or something).
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To remain at a distance from something, especially something that should be avoided: You should keep away from fallen electrical wires after storms so that you don't get electrocuted. The dog is in a bad mood, so you should keep away.
2. To cause someone or something to remain at a distance from something: Keep your cat away from my dog! Keep the candy away—I'm on a diet.
3. To refrain from using or doing something, especially something harmful: The doctor said I should keep away from alcohol.
4. To cause someone or something to refrain from doing something: Nothing could keep me away from a quick trip to visit you. I love to ski in the winter, and nothing could keep me away.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.