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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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One such method is ion exchange, which uses polystyrene-based resins containing positively charged sites to remove negatively charged species.
The medium and smaller particles, because of the increased number of pellets to the pound, provide the coverage to completely scour the surface and remove these loosened components so that the work is clean.
Limit the number of trees a view seeker can attempt to have removed and the nun of trees a homeowner must remove.
"You can spend a lot of time per square foot to remove it.
Says Lieberman at American Commodities, "We keep expanding the variations the system will tolerate, such as the number of resin types, contaminants, or coatings--paint, adhesive, clearcoat, primer--that the system will remove." Last year, his firm commercialized a dry process to reclaim laminated instrument-panel scrap.
Some RAID subsystems allow a technician to remove a failing hard disk drive without shutting down a server.
In the past, noted, Dan Margulies, executive director of the Community Housing Improvement Program, that law has always been understood to mean that when you remove the incinerator from a building of 42 units or more it needed to be replaced with a compactor, while buildings with 21 to 42 units could apply for the waiver.
The calcined and cooled sand is then processed through scrubbing, classifying and cooling to remove the unwanted fines.
The soil was washed to remove the complexed metals and then tested for residual contamination.
Elpac system removes metallic contaminants from chopped plastic.
The benefit of the oxidizing filter is that it has a longer life, is more effective and removes a wider range of contaminants.
Following cut-off, the casting goes through a caustic wash or a shotblasting operation to remove any traces of the shell.
Ground film is dewatered in a screw press and transported to the rinsing area where a series of Hydrasieves removes the remaining fiber and other contaminants from the film.
It removes all residual sand, but is improperly and expensively misused as a shakeout substitute in some foundries, creating high maintenance costs, work-flow bottlenecks and often adversely affecting finished casting quality.