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keep away (from someone or something)

1. To maintain a physical separation, as between two or more people or things. Kids, keep away from that beehive!
2. To cause someone or something to keep a physical distance from someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "keep" and "away." Keep the kids away from that beehive! Keep Aunt Mildred away from me, will you? She can be such a nag.
3. To avoid something, usually because it is harmful or dangerous. But no cake for Uncle Al—he's supposed to be keeping away from sweets. I think she's finally started keeping away from the cigarettes.
4. To cause someone to fail to do something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "keep" and "away." We're very disappointed that this storm is keeping us away from our trip.
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keep someone or something away (from someone or something)

to maintain a physical distance between someone or something and someone or something, in any combination. I will try to keep the smokers away from you. Try to keep the dog away from the roast.
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keep away

(from someone or something) Go to away (from someone or something).
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keep away

v.
1. To remain at a distance from something, especially something that should be avoided: You should keep away from fallen electrical wires after storms so that you don't get electrocuted. The dog is in a bad mood, so you should keep away.
2. To cause someone or something to remain at a distance from something: Keep your cat away from my dog! Keep the candy away—I'm on a diet.
3. To refrain from using or doing something, especially something harmful: The doctor said I should keep away from alcohol.
4. To cause someone or something to refrain from doing something: Nothing could keep me away from a quick trip to visit you. I love to ski in the winter, and nothing could keep me away.
See also: away, keep
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Recall the point at Camp David where Begin and Sadat had to be kept away from each other because of their hostility.
* Slurry pits, sheep dips, ponds, ditches or drains should be fenced off and visitors kept away.
Vernon were kept away from the filming, which took place on the Bowling Green, but that didn't stop knots of tourists from gathering, watching, and snapping shots of their own.
Both the binder and coated sand must be kept away from any source of aldehyde type compounds, especially during coremaking.
The spill was kept away from the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, but environmentalists were quick to condemn the state-run oil company's carelessness.
Experts say they are potentially vicious and recommend they should always be kept away from children."
There is a choking hazard and must be kept away from small children.
According to Guatemala's Minister of Culture, ecotourist traffic has kept away poachers, illegal wood harvesters and burners, and drug-runners with secret air strips in the north jungle.
While this "scoop" can be very powerful if controlled, the arm must be kept away from the body out of the back of the ring.
Also, they should assess whether unauthorized people are kept away from the equipment effectively and do not have access to data via modem.
Ideally, profits should in no way be associated with the distribution-inciting greed to advertise, promote, or in any way push drugs-and drugs would have to be kept away from children, but should be available to those who want them and need them.
Champions Wasps had hoped they would be seeded for the draw and kept away from the big guns, but they face a group with Clermont Auvergne, leading Welsh club Llanelli Scarlets and Irish giants Munster.
He lives in the camel paddock at the zoo, off the A444, with his mum, and dad Jarrett, who is being kept away to allow mum and son to bond.
`I think that a year after making the album, it sounds a little old, so it would be best kept away,' says Jen.