keep away (from someone or something)

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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.
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keep away

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

v.
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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BEIRUT: People should keep away from the Litani River because of flood risks, the governmental body that manages the south Lebanon waterway has warned.
Keep away from: High waist pant and skirts, heavy detailing around the waist, bodycon, shapeless and boxy cloth.
Summary: Leaders of the Congress and the CPM keep away from swearing-in ceremony
PACDA has urged people in the affected areas to avoid touching or trying to move fallen objects and electrical wires and keep away from damaged places and not put their lives at risk.
IANS Kottayam (Kerala) The six legislators of the Kerala Congress-Mani, presently sitting as a separate block in the assembly, on Sunday decided to keep away from the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls to be held here on Friday.
She visited Polyclinic hospital clandestinely to keep away from the eyes of media on Wednesday for her complete medical check-up .
"I couldn't keep away from it and when Taylor (Hampshire) was struggling at Buxton, for example, I was on the phone to his dad during the meeting and advising a couple of set-up changes and he went out and got a huge paid win in his last ride!
"I'll tell the players to keep away from the TV and from going online.
To keep away from a narrow two way road inside port, the team used an substitute route away from the main traffic.
Srinivasan, who has been ordered by the Supreme Court to keep away from all affairs of the board till the IPL scandal probe is over, could be in for further trouble.
| LONDON, June 28 (KUNA) -- The Kuwaiti Embassy in the UK on Friday asked Kuwaiti citizens in London to be cautious and keep away from a planned protest by far-rightists in the city tomorrow.
"Among the important articles in the draft-law on the political parties, presented to the Parliament for approval, had reaffirmed necessity that the parties must keep away from multi-party formations, that enable any small group to form a party," the Legislature, representing the newly-formed White al-Iraqiya Bloc, Aliya Nusief told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
They cautioned citizens to keep away from the area of exercises for safety measures.
August 20, 2008 (KHARTOUM) -- The Sudanese army warned today Khartoum state population to keep away from a military area in Khartoum state saying it would conduct exercises with heavy artillery.
ELECTRICITY bosses are urging children to keep away from substations and other electricity supplies as the holidays begin.