keep 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.

Word by Word Definitions

keep play
  1. : to retain in one's possession or power

  2. : to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

  3. : to have in control

  1. : the means or provisions by which one is kept

  2. : one that keeps or protects: such as

  3. : fortress, castle

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest


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