keep off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v keep off refrain from entering or walking onto "keep off the grass","stay off the premises"
    • v keep off refrain from certain foods or beverages "I keep off drugs","During Ramadan, Muslims avoid tobacco during the day"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Keep off to hinder from approaching or making an attack
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Quotations

  • Leo Burnett
    Leo Burnett
    “I've learned any fool can write a bad ad, but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.”
  • Eli Cass
    Eli Cass
    “Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons.”
  • John Gay
    John%20Gay
    “O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed, by keeping men off, you keep them on.”
  • David H. Scott
    David H. Scott
    “Someone said that inflation is like jumping off the top of the Empire State Building. The sensation is great as long as you keep on going.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    Edward%20G.%20Bulwer-Lytton
    “A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Plan more than you can do, then do it. Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Hitch your wagon to a star, keep your seat, and there you are”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cépan, orig. to traffic, hence to store up, keep—ceáp, price.

Usage

In literature:

I wish you to keep a look-out for me off Saint Domingo, and bring me any information you may have picked up.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
All we could do, therefore, was to keep the boat's head to the sea, and wait till daylight, which we knew was not far off.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
At night they halted as before, having lighted fires to keep off the wild beasts and elephants.
"The Mission; or Scenes in Africa" by Captain Frederick Marryat
I told you to take off your helmet, but I did not tell you to keep it off.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
One hates to see a person take a cloud for something tangible and keep falling off, to be bruised and beaten.
"Joyce's Investments" by Fannie E. Newberry
They tie the threads round the wrist on Rakshabandhan to keep off evil spirits.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Slaves wore a nickel or a copper on strings 'round deir necks to keep off sickness.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
There was a railing to keep them from falling off.
"Rollo on the Atlantic" by Jacob Abbott
Suppose we carry her off, brother, and let her live here and keep house for us.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
Now unless you keep off this property you must take the consequences.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
Dey carries him off an' dey put him in de jail at Atlanta an' dey keeps him fer a long time.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
He's keeping off land like an ocean steamer.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
True he may keep off the coyotes, but that will not save his life.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
They strolled off down the street, nestling together, Edith in the centre, and keeping the shrouded couple in front well in sight.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
It seemed as if Oliver was paddling with one hand, and keeping off Roger with the other.
"The Settlers at Home" by Harriet Martineau
The Malays think it is good for them, and keeps off all choleraic attacks.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
Keep off, or I will fire into you!
"The Pirate Slaver" by Harry Collingwood
Enough to keep off the divil and the coroner.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Sometimes it is used to keep off the "zancudos," or mosquitoes, so numerous and annoying in these regions.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Patty, keep your hands off.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
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In poetry:

Nan's off a-churnin';
Dick's gone to th' barn;
Lap little Billy up,
To keep him warm.
"Cradle Song" by Edwin Waugh
Tis still a minutes length or more
Till dogs are off and gone
Then sings and louder than before
But keeps the secret on
"The Landrail" by John Clare
Who's that, said I, beats there,
And troubles thus the sleepy?
Cast off; said he, all fear,
And let not locks thus keep ye.
"The Cheat Of Cupid; Or, The Ungentle Guest" by Robert Herrick
Tug at your net,
Your heart's net,
Strip off my silver fancies;
Keep them in rhyme,
For a dull time,
Fragile as frost pansies.
"At The Gill-Nets" by Duncan Campbell Scott
And when from off his grounded boat
He saw them mount and ride,
"God keep her from the evil eye,
And harm of witch!" he cried.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Oh! if the sonless mothers, weeping,
And widowed girls could look inside
The glory that hath them in keeping
Who went to the Great War, and died,
They would rise and put their mourning off,
And say: "Thank God, he has enough!"
"Flower of Youth" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

Ask me how to keep 100 campers happy on a rainy afternoon, and I'll rattle off a list of activities.
Keep your radar detector, but shut off your smart phone…that is if you want to speed.
With each application, keep the surface wet for three to five minutes, then wipe off the excess.
'Today' Staves Off 'GMA' to Keep Demo Lead.
Even the coldest winter days aren't enough to keep some of us off the bike.
It took that step, which keeps the lights and air conditioners on but with a little less hum, to try to head off equipment failures.
AP Photo Keeping with the theme of the season, Atlanta's Jamal Crawford had a much more impressive performance off the bench than counterpart Ben Gordon in the Hawks' 91-85 victory.
Mayor Bloomberg yesterday called a proposed taxi- fare hike "a good idea" — and warned medallion owners to keep their hands off the profits.
As more of the mobile broadband spectrum is sucked up by large telecoms, and the government tightens its grip on the spectrum it keeps off the market, the price of broadband will skyrocket.
The phone was missing the other day, which prompted my wife to stomp around the house lifting cushions and muttering about how "the kids keep leaving the phone off the hook.".
All but one Orange County commissioner knew of a plan to keep a controversial sick-time initiative off the ballot before a marathon public hearing on the matter even started, interviews and text messages released Monday show.
The better your memory and other thinking skills, the better your chances of losing weight and keeping it off.
Judge would keep portions off-limits.
If all goes well, and the US can keep its thirst for fuel contained, we'll naturally begin to wean ourselves off foreign oil.
Keeping with tradition, guests of the royal wedding topped off their looks with over-the-top fascinators, a style of former millinery that is popular among the Brits.
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In science:

These regulator terms have tree-level fine-tuning which, according to the universality, is sufficient to keep the cut-off independent dynamics fixed.
Renormalization of composite operators
The RG approach keeps the UV cut-off Λ fixed and uses a decreasing IR cut-off k , so that the RG tra jectories are passed towards the IR limit k → 0.
Renormalization of composite operators
Therefore, for any noise in the reddening and in the B and V magnitudes, there is an optimum trade-off between filtering out reddening fluctuations and keeping the effect of observational noise at minimum.
Empirical relations for cluster RR Lyrae stars revisited
At energies at or below 1 GeV, the SuperKamiokande detector is able to keep detector misidentification at a level comparable to or below the intrinsic electron neutrino backgrounds in the JHF off-axis beamline.
Summary of Working Group 2
Although the physical length of the electrodes is fixed, we can vary the length of time for which each lens acts on the molecules by changing the turn-on point in the timing sequence (fig. 1(c)), keeping the turn-off point fixed.
Slowing heavy, ground-state molecules using an alternating gradient decelerator
Said differently, we cut off all fields that represent the quantum fluctuations, but keep the background fields (in particular the background geometry) as before.
Supersymmetric Gauge Theories from String Theory
Keeping the initial charge state, contrary to the expected neutralization upon approach of the internal capillary surface, suggests that the ions bounce off the walls at distances larger than the critical distance Rc ≈ p2Q/W (Eq. (7)).
Collisions of Slow Highly Charged Ions with Surfaces
Also, to keep our notation compact, we use a two-component notation for the fermion fields and we set to 1 the Higgs fields hu,d and the cut-off scale Λ.
An Update on Models of Neutrino Masses and Mixings
Consequently, no significant increase in funding level for computing is required for the on-site RHIC Computing Facility and off-site satelite facilities to keep pace, in order to analyze the data in a timely fashion.
Phases of QCD: Summary of the Rutgers Long Range Plan Town Meeting
To understand and interpret them correctly, one has to keep track of the existence of the hadronic mass shifts produced by off-shellambiguities, and take them fully into account.
The physical meaning of scattering matrix singularities in coupled-channel formalisms
It is legitimate to extract bare quantities in coupled-channel models within the framework of a well defined model, but their interpretation requires keeping track of hadronic mass shifts produced by off-shell ambiguities.
The physical meaning of scattering matrix singularities in coupled-channel formalisms
This means applying a non-Ohmic field for a certain time tw and then turning this field off (keeping only an Ohmic measuring field, which supposedly does not appreciably perturb the system).
Logarithmic relaxation and stress aging in the electron glass
Keeping these conditions in mind while still trying to be general enough to consider any possible behaviour requires a trade-off.
On the influence of intelligence in (social) intelligence testing environments
These results are intuitive since increasing a diagonal entry of a matrix that is already positivedefinite will keep it positive-definite, while sufficiently increasing or decreasing an off diagonal entry will make it violate positive-definiteness.
Group Sparse Priors for Covariance Estimation
ALEPH showed that this can be improved by either switching off the O(αs ) matching or by keeping αs constant indicating that virtuality as the scale controlling the parton evolution is not the best choice.
QCD Event Generators
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