keep (someone or something) at arm's length

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Definition of keep (someone or something) at arm's length

: to avoid being very close to or friendly with someone or something Since going to college, he has kept his old friends at arm's length. They no longer trust her and are keeping her at arm's length.

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“Keep (someone or something) at arm's length.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep%20%28someone%20or%20something%29%20at%20arm%27s%20length. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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