stand off from
stand off from (someone or something)
To be removed from something or some group of people by some appreciable difference. Modifiers like "a bit" or "apace" are often used between "off" and "from." Tonya stood off from the rest of the party, not speaking to anyone and looking very much ill at ease. Make sure you stand off a bit from the blasting area. I stood off apace from the crowd of bystanders, not wanting to be noticed by the police.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.