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stay clear

1. To remain physically out of the way (of someone or something). We're going to be loading equipment through these doors all morning, so please stay clear until we're done. You've got to stay clear of the workers while they're laying the cement.
2. To keep away from or avoid interacting or dealing with (someone or something). Stay clear of the boss today—he's yelling at everyone he sees. The subway is running really late due to the strike, so I suggest you stay clear if you want to get to work on time.
See also: clear, stay

steer/stay/keep clear (of somebody/something)

avoid somebody/something: I’m trying to lose weight so I have to steer clear of fattening foods.It’s best to stay clear of the bank at lunchtimes as it gets very busy.
See also: clear, keep, stay, steer
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In the first Old Xaverians stayed clear at the top thanks to a 6-0 shut-out against Netherley Athletic while FC Salle beat South Mersey 2-1.
DARREN YOUNG admitted this was Rovers' worst display on his watch but he was thankful they stayed clear of play-off rivals Stenny.
The Rugby Velo man launched a solo break nine laps from home and stayed clear to move up to joint second place alongside Twickenham CC's Iain Palmer.
Last summer I left a pan out, this time intentionally, all summer with some scrap pieces of galvanized electric fence wire in the bottom and it also stayed clear and had no larva.
I would have told him where to go straight away, I stayed clear of him."
SCOTLAND striker Chris Iwelumo ended his goal drought as Wolves stayed clear at the top of The Championship with a nervy 2-1 win over Charlton at Molineux.
Defending Chris Blackburn said Rooney had stayed clear of trouble since 1994.
No wonder I stayed clear of him during our team photo at the start of the season.
Former Holme Valley Wheeler Ed Clancy stayed clear of trouble but well clear of the leaders as a three-man breakaway caught the Tour of Britain peleton snoozing.
She dared to go everywhere in Iraq and believed that she was safe as long as she stayed clear of military formations.
Until now, Latin America Internet executives have mostly stayed clear of U.S.-style Internet squabbles and poor taste.
King Charles stayed clear at the top after a 4-0 win at home to Vegas with a Taylor brace and strikes from Windsor and Gofton.
The Rebels established an early four-point lead and stayed clear as UL were soundly beaten.
EBCHESTER Consett Reserves stayed clear of the relegation zone in the DURHAM ALLIANCE LEAGUE with a 1-1 draw against Whitehill.