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keep someone or something off (of someone or something)

to make sure that someone or something remains off someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Keep that woman off of me! She's obsessed with me! Please keep Timmy off the couch. Keep him off!
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keep off (of something)

to remain off something; to stay off of something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Please keep off the grass. This is not a public thoroughfare! Keep off! You had better keep off of my property.
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keep off

1. Ward off, avert, as in She used a bug spray to keep off the mosquitoes. [Mid-1500s]
2. Stay away from, not touch or trespass on; also, prevent from touching or trespassing. For example, They put up a sign asking the public to keep off their property, or Please keep your feet off the sofa. [Late 1500s] Also see hands off.
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keep off

1. To remain away from some surface or place: You should keep off the stairs; they might break.
2. To hold or maintain something away from some surface or place: Keep your dogs off my lawn.
3. To prevent something, especially something that is not wanted, from staying or accumulating on something: Try to keep those thoughts off of your mind. I've been exercising every day, but I can't keep the weight off.
4. To cause something to be nonoperational by having it remain switched off: I always keep the lights off when I look out the window at the stars. Keep off the lights to save electricity.
5. To refrain from indulging in something unhealthy, such as food or drugs: I've kept off cigarettes for three years now. Keep off of junk food and you'll lose some weight.
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A police spokesman said officers attending a fire at Moulded Plastics (Birmingham) Ltd saw the youths and one was sent to warn them to keep off the track.
KILMARNOCK were yesterday ordered to keep off the grass by Hampden chiefs, who knocked back a cheeky bid by the CIS Cup finalists to train at the National Stadium.
In late winter trees need to be sheltered to keep off rain and stop peach leaf curl.
Rake away fallen leaves and branches and be careful to keep off thegrass when it's frosted over.
Her hobby has become a lifesaver, helping her lose and keep off more than 100 pounds.
Hopefully he will convince youngsters that they can eat healthily, exercise regularly, keep off the cigarettes and still keep their street cred.
The latest findings on the hormone ghrelin may help explain why dieters find it so tough to keep off weight they've lost.
Railtrack says rail crime in Coventry and Warwickshire has fallen dramatically after the Evening Telegraph Keep off the Tracks Campaign but there is still more work to do.
Balanchine continued to work on Broadway with Babes in Arms (1937), I Married an Angel (1938), Great Lady (1938--for contractual reasons credited to William Dollar), Keep Off the Grass (1940), Louisiana Purchase (1940), Cabin in the Sky (1940--a rather unlikely collaboration with Katherine Dunham), The Lady Comes Across (1942), What's Up (1943), Dream With Music (1944), Song of Norway (1944), Mr.
Eating right: A Drexel nutrition expert can show how to keep off those unwanted holiday pounds with tips on how to enjoy holiday parties but not overindulge.
Also the amount of rubbish thrown around the park, I didn't notice many signs asking to put rubbish in the bins provided, or notices to say keep off the grass.
After laying you'll need to water the lawn and keep off the grass until the turves have knitted together.
Lorraine Weeks and Helen Wherrett, the environmental consultants to the restoration of the estate, will lead a day of outdoor fun and games and hot refreshments will be served to keep off the winter chill.
The pounds 126m Millennium Stadium - with optional sliding roof to keep off the drizzle - is the best venue for rugby in the world.
The Keep Off The Tracks initiative was launched in the summer by the Evening Telegraph, Railtrack and Coventry's British Transport Police.