keep (one's) hands off (something or someone)

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keep (one's) hands off (something or someone)

1. To refrain from touching or handling (something or someone). (Usually said imperatively.) You kids keep your hands off those cookies, they're for after dinner! I have every right to be on this property, so keep your hands off me! That television is brand new, so keep your hands off!
2. To refrain from becoming involved with or attempting to take or control (something or someone). (Usually said imperatively.) That rotten bank had better keep its hands off my land! Listen, buddy, keep your hands off my sister, you hear?
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keep one's hands off (something)

to refrain from touching or handling something. I'm going to put these cookies here. You keep your hands off them. Get your hands off my book, and keep them off.
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References in classic literature ?
They have such an eatable look that the most self-denying stranger can hardly keep his hands off.
But when it is necessary for him to proceed against the life of someone, he must do it on proper justification and for manifest cause, but above all things he must keep his hands off the property of others, because men more quickly forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.
No man would keep his hands off what was not his own when he could safely take what he liked out of the market, or go into houses and lie with any one at his pleasure, or kill or release from prison whom he would, and in all respects be like a God among men.
If he's clued up, he'll keep his hands off the blower.
He's taken under the wing of Wes Bentley's superstar DJ - but can he keep his hands off his mentor's PA/girlfriend (Emily Ratajkowski) long enough to become a success?
We are telling Richard Branson to keep his hands off our women," he said.
My skin is like silk for summer and now my husband can't keep his hands off me
Coded entries recorded Hawkins said "he couldn't keep his hands off her" and attacked her at Withywood School, Bristol.
He couldn't keep his hands off her," The Sun quoted an onlooker as saying.
This means he has to keep his hands off the resurrected love of his life, Chuck.
Glamorous Marissa (Dina Bonnevie) has the opposite problem, a musician boyfriend who can't keep his hands off other women.
Visiting Asmat, he has an unexpected reunion with a male lover he thought had died and confesses to the filmmakers that it is all he can do to keep his hands off him.
While not entirely pro-business, we think President Bush will keep his hands off the Internet and will lighten the regulatory load on traditional telecom players and encourage competition through fiscally responsible incentives.
Also showing off her endless legs was Oscarwinner Charlize Theron, whose boyfriend Sean Penn couldn't keep his hands off her.