keep/stay out of somebody's way

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keep out of the/(one's) way

1. To be somewhere where one or something is not a physical impediment to someone else. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used after "keep." You need to keep your stuff out of my way so I can run the vacuum cleaner. I wish my little brother would keep out of my way when I'm setting up my model train. Your dad has to line up these tiles very carefully, so keep out of his way, all right?
2. To not be a distraction, imposition, nuisance, or irritation for someone. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used after "keep." Whenever my parents are arguing like that, I try to keep out of their way as much as possible. You should really keep your intern out of my way, Michael. Some of us have real work to get done around here.
See also: keep, of, out, way

stay out of the/(one's) way

1. To be somewhere where one or something is not a physical impediment to someone else. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used after "stay." You need to stay your stuff out of my way so I can run the vacuum cleaner. I wish my little brother would stay out of my way when I'm setting up my model train. Your dad has to line up these tiles very carefully, so stay out of his way, all right?
2. To not be a distraction, imposition, nuisance, or irritation for someone. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used after "stay." Whenever my parents are arguing like that, I try to stay out of their way as much as possible. You should really stay your intern out of my way, Michael. Some of us have real work to get done around here.
See also: of, out, stay, way

keep/stay out of somebody’s ˈway

avoid somebody: He’s got a lot of work to do at the moment, so if I were you I’d stay out of his way until he’s got it finished.
See also: keep, of, out, stay, way