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stay away (from someone or something)
1. To maintain a distance from someone or something, especially for safety reasons. Make sure you stay away from that cliff—one gust of wind could send you flying right over the edge! The children always try to stay away from the scary old man who lived on the corner of their neighborhood. Stay away—Tom is still really contagious!
2. To forbear from interacting with someone, engaging in something, or using something. I always told my parents I would stay away from cigarettes when I was a kid, so I think they were a little disappointed that I took up smoking in my 20s. I want you to stay away from that group of kids, you hear me? They're trouble!
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(from someone or something) Go to away (from someone or something).
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To remain at a distance from something or someone, especially from a place where one should not be: Stay away—my cold is contagious! I warned the children to stay away from the abandoned mine.
2. stay away from To refrain from doing, using, or engaging in something: My parents warned me to stay away from drugs.
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