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?
See also: hand, keep, off

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.
See also: hand, keep, off
References in classic literature ?
I had the hardest task in the world to keep my hands off their pretty laughing faces.
Also, while the gleefully delivered lines "I've been working hard/ trying to keep my hands off of you'' is endearing when you first hear it, the follow-up, "and you've been working twice as hard/ trying to keep your hands off of me'' bespeaks a sort of vanity on the part of the song's persona, and causes a sort of semantic cringe.
I only found out because she called me out of the blue and told me to keep my hands off her man.
Hugging his wife, he gushed to 3am: "I can't keep my hands off her, she's gorgeous.
All that needs to be said on the subject was articulated 50 years ago by the immensely wise Blanche DuBois, who advised herself (and I hope you're taking notes, President Clinton), "I must keep my hands off the children