stand off from

stand off from someone or something

to be or remain at some distance from someone or something. Charles stood off from the group. Mary stood off from the fireside, where all the excitement was taking place.
See also: off, stand
References in classic literature ?
I have seen Winder make one of the house-servants stand off from him a suitable distance to be touched with the end of his whip, and at every stroke raise great ridges upon his back.