keep off

phrasal verb
kept off; keeping off; keeps off

Definition of keep off

1 : to stop or prevent (someone or something) from being on (something) Keep off the grass. Please keep the dog off the sofa.
2 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.
3 : to not talk about (something) I think we'd better keep off the subject of the war.
4 : to prevent (someone) from talking about (something) We tried to keep them off (the subject of) the war.

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“Keep off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep%20off. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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