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keep off

1. To remain physically off or away from something. You have to keep off the grass while the weed killer is being applied. If he had kept off of my property, I wouldn't have opened fire on him like the sign outside warns will happen! I told you to keep off!
2. To cause someone or something to remain physically off or away from something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "keep" and "off." Can you please keep your cat off my bed? Keep the kids off those rickety old swings—they're not safe.
4. To try to avoid or lessen the effects of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "keep" and "off." I'm having a hard time keeping my mind off the accident.
5. To fail to turn or switch something on. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "keep" and "off." I don't know why he insists on keeping the air conditioning off when it's 80 degrees outside.
6. To guard against something or prevent it from becoming a problem. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "keep" and "off." What can we do to keep these bees off our porch?
3. To forbear from using or indulging in some illicit or unhealthy substance. I'm keeping off all chocolates and candies until my wedding day. They promised to help pay for his rent as long as he kept off of drugs.
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keep off (of) (something)

1. To remain physically off or away from something. You have to keep off the grass while the weed killer is being applied. If he had kept off of my property, I wouldn't have opened fire on him like the sign outside warns will happen! I told you to keep off!
2. To forbear from using or indulging in some illicit or unhealthy substance. I'm keeping off all chocolates and candies until my wedding day. They promised to help pay for his rent as long as he kept off of drugs.
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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

v.
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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When the Army tested the .45 Colt they had strict requirements for accuracy and Elmer Keith wrote of someone with a 7 1/2" Cavalry Model being able to keep someone off of him firing at long range with black powder loads.
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