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stay off (of) (something)

1. To remain physically off or away from something. You have to stay off the grass while the weed killer is being applied. If he had stayed off of my property, I wouldn't have opened fire on him like the sign outside warns will happen! I told you to stay off!
2. To forbear from using or indulging in some illicit or unhealthy substance. I'm staying off all chocolates and candies until my wedding day. They promised to help pay for his rent as long as he stayed off of drugs.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

stay off (something)

to keep off of something. Please stay off my lawn! stay off!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

stay off

1. To remain away from some surface or region: Stay off the grass! The spectators must stay off of the playing field.
2. To refrain from indulging in something unhealthy, such as food or drugs: I'm trying to stay off fatty foods.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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* If you are outdoors--avoid water, stay off high ground, and avoid open spaces.