stay away (from someone or something)

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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!
See also: away, someone, stay

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
References in classic literature ?
"You see," Wendy said complacently, "our heroine knew that the mother would always leave the window open for her children to fly back by; so they stayed away for years and had a lovely time."
"Long ago," he said, "I thought like you that my mother would always keep the window open for me, so I stayed away for moons and moons and moons, and then flew back; but the window was barred, for mother had forgotten all about me, and there was another little boy sleeping in my bed."
Rosa, then, was not ill, she was offended; she had not been forcibly prevented from coming, but had voluntarily stayed away. Thus Rosa, being at liberty, found in her own will the force not to come and see him, who was dying with grief at not having seen her.
Hans had been at home for a long time, but Elsie did not come; then said he: 'What a clever Elsie I have; she is so industrious that she does not even come home to eat.' But when evening came and she still stayed away, Hans went out to see what she had cut, but nothing was cut, and she was lying among the corn asleep.
He saw no necessity for anyone's losing their equilibrium merely because their sister or their daughter had stayed away from home.
By this time Uncle Henry would have reached Australia in his ship, and had probably given her up for lost; so he couldn't worry any more than he did if she stayed away from him a while longer.
At the end of three days he returned to San Francisco, and having arrived there he wished he had stayed away. He had nothing to do, his occupation was gone, and it seemed to him that he should never find it again.
Then he stayed away for three whole days, and made no sign, a proceeding which caused everybody to look sober, and Jo to become pensive, at first, and then--alas for romance--very cross.
You should have seen her ecstasy, and how he caught it for having stayed away so long.
I really could not face my acquaintance if I stayed away now; for, as I am known to be in the country, it would be taken exceedingly amiss; and it is a rule with me, Miss Morland, never to give offence to any of my neighbours, if a small sacrifice of time and attention can prevent it.
Madame Lebrun might be offended if we both stayed away."
I stayed away from the funeral for reasons which are, I should think, sufficiently obvious and natural, but which you somehow seem to have missed.
EDO state workers yesterday heeded the directive for a strike action by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) and stayed away from work.
Families for long have stayed away from Lahore's infamous theatre industry.
J Salik said that all the names for interim government should be the names of people who stayed away from corruption throughout their career to achieve the goal fair elections because people involved in any sort of corruption cannot be responsible for fair elections.