put some distance between (someone or something)

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put some distance between (someone or something)

To move a large distance away from someone or something, especially in order to escape or avoid them or it. We'll need to put some distance between us and that bomb before it explodes! I'm looking to put some distance between myself and those money lenders.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

put some distance between (someone and oneself or something)

to move or travel away from someone or something. Jill and I aren't getting along. I need to put some distance between her and me. I drove fast to put some distance between Max and me.
See also: between, distance, put
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

put some distance between someone and someone/something

tv. to lengthen the distance or time between oneself and someone or something (including a place). She needed enough money to put some distance between herself and her hometown.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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I'm not suggesting anything as formal or radical as a court order but putting some distance between you and your ex would make it more difficult for him to feed lies to your children.
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