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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It's clear that Maria and Aidan can't keep their paws off one another.
IT'S a case of pure animal attraction for these cuddly creatures who can't keep their paws off each other.
Even spayed and neutered, they couldn't keep their paws off each other.
In the meantime, the sections should keep their paws off my hard earned money to further the personal agendas of the section members.
TOURISTS have been warned to keep their paws off Greyfriars Bobby's nose over fears they will rub it off.
The couple could barely keep their paws off one another as they indulged in repeated PDAs while on a shopping trip in West Hollywood.
Now it is up to anybody who is passing just to keep an eye open and politely ask people to keep their paws off Bobby's nose so it doesn't happen again.
And while Enzo recovers in the lap of luxury, the Radio 2 DJ and his wife Natasha strolled in the London sun where they couldn't keep their paws off one another.