keep off

phrasal verb

kept off; keeping off; keeps off
: to stop or prevent (someone or something) from being on (something)
Keep off the grass.
Please keep the dog off the sofa.
keep (weight) off : to continue to weigh a lower amount than one formerly weighed : to not regain weight that one has lost
Losing weight is not as hard as keeping it off.
: to not talk about (something)
I think we'd better keep off the subject of the war.
: to prevent (someone) from talking about (something)
We tried to keep them off (the subject of) the war.

Examples of keep off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Victims had to pay to have their information removed or kept off the website. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 18 June 2024 They were kept off the scoresheet just as Edmonton’s top names have been. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 14 June 2024 The three-time Pro Bowl selection worked with a trainer Wednesday, then was present but kept off the field Thursday. Taylor Lyons, Baltimore Sun, 13 June 2024 The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Donald Trump cannot be kept off the 2024 presidential ballot in Colorado — or any other state. Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News, 4 Mar. 2024 Turn off the car and headlights, set the parking brake and keep off the brake pedal. 4. Mark Debruyckere, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2024 But Ego Nwodim’s Williams just had too much juice to keep off TV. Joe Berkowitz, Vulture, 23 May 2024 The third-year back injured his foot during offseason workouts, head coach Sean McVay said, so he will be kept off the field for the entirety of OTAs and the June minicamp. Adam Grosbard, Orange County Register, 21 May 2024 Officials urged residents to keep off roads, as many were impassable and traffic lights were expected to be out for much of the night. TIME, 17 May 2024

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“Keep off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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