keep (one's) distance

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keep (one's) distance

1. To maintain physical distance between oneself and someone or something. Keep your distance, everyone. There is a downed wire here. He better keep his distance from that bear.
2. To limit engagement or association (or the appearance thereof) between oneself and someone or something. Politicians have been quick to keep their distance from the senator ever since news of her scandal broke.
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keep one's distance (from someone or something)

Fig. to maintain a respectful or cautious distance from someone or something. Keep your distance from John. He's in a bad mood. Keep your distance from the fire.
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keep one's distance

Stay away; also, remain emotionally remote. For example, It's wise to keep one's distance from any wild animal, or Since the family argued with him, Harry's been keeping his distance. [Late 1500s]
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keep your ˈdistance (from somebody/something)

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keep somebody/something at a ˈdistance

not be too friendly or familiar with somebody/something: She tends to keep her distance from her neighbours, so none of them know her very well.
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References in classic literature ?
Such things, from a "nigger," were repulsive to him, and she had been warned to keep her distance and remember who she was.
Duffy, who said she regarded the comment as a "threat", says she intended to keep her distance from the All Summer Long hitmaker.
But Emily despairs when she returns Sarah to her parents and is ordered to keep her distance.
tries to keep her distance from a new friend at a cattle show.
Scott, has even instructed Kyle to keep her distance.