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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.
See also: away, keep, someone

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.
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keep away

(from someone or something) Go to away (from someone or something).
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keep away

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.
See also: away, keep
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He was put under a restraining order to keep away from Miss Bewick when he is released from jail.
She visited Polyclinic hospital clandestinely to keep away from the eyes of media on Wednesday for her complete medical check-up .
It is finally his decision to step aside or not, but considering the image of the Board, Srinivasan can temporarily keep away from BCCI's activities," Shukla told reporters in New Delhi.
I now have a child to nurse as well as man flu to keep away from my door 'I did, however, have with me my son's packed lunch.
Dubai/Abu Dhabi: Vaccines for H1N1 are still under clinical tests and the only precautions travellers can take when going abroad on their annual vacations is to keep away from suspected cases, doctors advise.
2 : something believed to keep away evil and bring good luck
This week's winner is Jen Jordan, of Belfast, who says: "Go back to the days when we left old jam jars in the garden and the wasps will keep away from you.
Mint will also discourage caterpillars while coriander and dill keep away cabbage moths.
Ashlee Simpson, strangely blond and schoolmarmish in headband and funereal black suit, depended on dad Joe and new boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama to keep away the riff-raff.
We've learned to keep away from Italian porn star types now.
All supporters should keep away from all areas of the stadium other than EST 3, which is allocated for away fans
Personally I have decided, at this time, to keep away from the time consuming role of a people's representative.
Ken Ewing,head of Denbighshire Council's public protection and regulatory services, said:``With the Easter holidays approaching wee are taking the opportunity to remind people not to approach the algae and to keep away from the affected water until further notice.
First you shampoo it and spray it with bug repellent to keep away carpet beetles and moths," says Joe Kulis, a taxidermist (specialist in the lifelike preservation of dead animals).