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

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

1. To refrain from touching or handling (something or someone). Usually said imperatively. You kids keep your paws off those cookies. They're for after dinner! I told you I wasn't interested, so keep your paws off me, you creep! That car is brand new, so keep your paws 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 paws off my land! Listen, buddy, keep your paws off my sister, you hear?
See also: keep, off, paw
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I couldn't keep my paws off the first-rate sushi provided by Zest Caterers, who do all the teas held there.
For the past seven days I've hardly been able to keep my paws off my face, which feels younger than it has in ages.