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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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stay away

(from someone or something) Go to away (from someone or something).
See also: away, stay

stay away

v.
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.
See also: away, stay
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The leaflets called citizens to stay away from gatherings of Daash as much as possible for fear of being subjected to injuries through Iraqi air strikes faced by Iraqi aircraft on Daash organization in Mosul "/ End
The K-9 Stay Away is also currently in Patent Pending status within the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
They brought appeals, supported by their partners, arguing that living together is not a crime or a failure to comply with an injunction to stay away from the partner.
Clinton, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, guilty, probation until June 22, 2012, stay away, no contact with victim, $50 victim witness assessment; two counts of assault and battery, dismissed, duplicitous; disorderly conduct, dismissed; disturbing the peace, dismissed; intimidating of a witness, dismissed; assault to commit a felony, dismissed.
Police are also warning people to stay away from the premises for their own safety.
Summary: The ISF warned citizens Monday to stay away from the banks of the Nahr Ibrahim river from January 4 to January 7 as river channel cleaning works might cause heavy floods.
Laurie Lears; Illustrated by Red Hansen; STAY AWAY FROM RAT BOY; Albert Whitman & Company (Children's Picture Book) $0.
THE leader of Denbighshire council has agreed to stay away from matches at Ruthin Town FC amid a bitter row that has led to one coach resigning.
The public were warned yesterday to stay away from the area of a major cliff fall on the Isle of Wight.
Maybe if Mr Sullivan had to live on the wage that I have to exist on he would understand why we have no choice but to stay away.
Almost all respondents (97%) would wash their hands [greater than or equal to] 5 times each day if requested, and 86% would definitely or probably be willing to stay away from public gatherings (unspecified) if asked.
I told him he better stay away from my guy, and I would stay away from him.
Stay away from all metal objects, including electric wires, fences, machinery, motors, power tools, etc.
Citizens of Azerbaijan have been advised to stay away from the airport in the nation's capital today (17 October).
A basketball legend has warned Welsh schoolchildren to stay away from junk food as he spelled out the recipe for his success.