keep out (of something)(redirected from keep them out)
keep out (of something)
1. To not access some thing or place. Keep out, kids—those snacks for the party! We have to keep out of dad's shed because it could be dangerous with all the tools that are in there.
2. To stop someone or something from accessing some thing or place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "keep" and "out." Those snacks are for the party, so keep the kids out of the pantry. Please keep your dog out of my garden.
3. To avoid discussing someone or something. Keep my mother out of this! What has she ever done to you?
4. To avoid being involved or meddling in something. It's my wedding, isn't it? So keep out of my plans. Keep out of my business!
5. To stop someone from being involved or meddling in something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "keep" and "out." Keep your mother out of my wedding planning meetings, OK?
keep someone or something out(of something)
1. to prevent someone or something from getting into something or some place. Keep your kids out of my yard. She just couldn't keep herself out of the cookie jar.
2. to keep the subject of someone or something out of a discussion. Keep the kids out of this! I don't want to talk about them. They kept Dorothy out of the discussion.
keep out(of something)
1. Lit. to remain outside something or some place. You should keep out of the dark-room when the door is closed. The door is closed. Keep out!
2. Fig. to remain uninvolved with something. Keep out of this! It's my affair. It's not your affair. Keep out!
1. To prevent something or someone from entering a space: The lid keeps the flies out of the jar. I have a screen door to keep out stray animals.
2. To remain in an external place: I respect your privacy; I'll keep out of your room. There are a dangerous animals in that cage, so keep out!
3. keep out of To refrain from interfering with something, especially someone's affairs: I think they should keep out of our argument. Keep the children out of it.
4. keep out of To prevent someone from interfering with something: I tried to keep the children out of our family's problems.