keep out of the 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

keep someone or something out of the way

to prevent someone or something from getting in the way. Please keep your children out of the way.
See also: keep, of, out, way