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keep one's distance

Definition of keep one's distance

  1. 1 :  to stay far enough away from someone or something to be safe <Visitors are told to keep their distance from the monkeys.>

  2. 2 :  to avoid getting involved in something or becoming friendly with someone <He tried to keep his distance from the scandal.> <After their break-up, she thought it was wise to keep her distance.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to take notice of by appropriate conduct :  fulfill: as

    :  to be faithful to

    :  to act fittingly in relation to

  1. :  custody, charge

    :  maintenance

    :  one that keeps or protects: as

  1. :  discord

    :  separation in time

    :  the degree or amount of separation between two points, lines, surfaces, or objects

  1. :  to place or keep at a distance

    :  to leave far behind :  outstrip

  1. :  taking place via electronic media linking instructors and students who are not together in a classroom

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