keep one's distance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v keep one's distance stay clear of, avoid "Keep your hands off my wife!","Keep your distance from this man--he is dangerous"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Keep one's distance to abstain from familiarity with, to keep aloof from
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Distant.

Usage

In literature:

I have enough on my hands to keep the enemy at a distance, and I want every one's help.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
From the Czar and a culprit it is well to keep one's distance.
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
But there was always something about aunt that made one keep one's distance.
"The New Woman" by Sydney Grundy
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In news:

But it didn't keep him from being one of the state's top distance runners this fall.
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