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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The taller Taguchi used his two-inch reach advantage on Melindo (37-3-0) landing crisp long-range shots to keep his distance en route to a unanimous decision victory, 116-112, 117-111, 117-111.
He would have been able to keep his distance from Philip McFadden and he would also have been able to immobilise him in an instant.
Stephen Dearborn, a young English soldier in Service Flight Training School near Hagersville, Ontario, is taken in by the Logan family as a result of a near mishap with young Colin, who refuses to keep his distance from the airbase.
There was a loud cheer and I believe that the new manager should keep his distance from reporters in Wales.
Gauthier feels he must keep his distance from the players, especially about their performance.
Jessie Vargas back to using his jab to keep his distance from the challenger Manny Pacquiao in the eighth round.