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at one remove

Indirectly; with a degree of separation. Primarily heard in UK. I didn't go to college, but my sister did, so I got to experience college life at one remove.
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remove from (someone or something)

1. To physically take someone or something out of something or some place. A noun or pronoun is used between "remove" and "from." Be sure not to remove the USB device from the computer until it is finished transferring all of the information. They removed the prisoner from his holding cell and brought him to the courtroom.
2. To extract something from someone or someone's body. A noun or pronoun is used between "remove" and "from." We'll need to remove the bullet from him if we're going to stop the bleeding. I used a pair of tweezers to remove the bits of glass from her hand.
3. To take someone or something out of someone's custody. A noun or pronoun is used between "remove" and "from." Social services removed the children from the abusive parents. We've removed dozens of animals from people suspected of organizing or participating in the illegal dogfighting ring.
4. To oust someone from a job, position, or public office. A noun or pronoun is used between "remove" and "from." They plan on removing the prime minster from power after gaining control of parliament. The board voted unanimously to remove the CEO from his position.
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three moves are as bad as a fire

1. Moving one's business or household naturally incurs such losses and damages to one's property that moving three times would be equal to what one would lose in a fire. An adaptation of the quote by Benjamin Franklin that "three removes are as bad as a fire." I've had to move so many times in pursuit of stable employment, and I've lost track of all the things I've misplaced or broken in the process. I guess it's true what they say—three moves are as bad as a fire.
2. By extension, effecting too much change too quickly can result in much greater difficulties or misfortunes than one might face by staying the course or remaining steadfast. Three moves are as bad as a fire, as the adage goes, and in these economically volatile times, the government's plans to overhaul every aspect of the country's public services is not simply foolish—it's downright dangerous.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

remove someone from something

to take someone out of an office or position. The county board removed the sheriff from office. She removed herself from office voluntarily.
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remove someone or something from someone or something

to take someone or something away from someone or something. The authorities removed the child from his mother. They removed the dog from the kennel.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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ProStor Systems is the leader in enterprise-class removable disk storage systems for backup and data preservation, providing the benefits of online storage with the economics of offline storage.
Imation, a vendor of removable storage medium that includes hard disk drives and magnetic tape, recently announced its first network-attached storage appliance aimed at offloading data from primary storage to near-line disk backup and remote disk archives.
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VisionCab is a cabinet rack with a removable see-through, acrylic front door and solid-steel removable rear and side panels for easy access.
DISK Protect v4.2 Standard is the latest version of BeCrypt's full disk encryption solution, which has many additional features such as providing more flexible use of removable media devices and secure, automated removal of encryption keys allowing the safe decommissioning of computers that may have held sensitive data.
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Considering the recent high-profile media reports of stolen laptops containing sensitive data, it is surprising that two-thirds of IT professionals use non-encrypted removable media at work, even though they are aware of the associated risks.