Definition of keep away (or keep someone away) in US English:

keep away (or keep someone away)

phrasal verb

  • Stay away (or make someone stay away)

    ‘keep away from the edge of the cliff’
    • ‘Although his record promotions and concert tours kept Joe away from Ireland a lot, he never forgot his home following and played the dancehall circuit to capacity audiences throughout the 80s.’
    • ‘Parents took their children out of classes last Tuesday and kept them away for the rest of the week in protest against the school's dilapidated condition.’
    • ‘His father taught him at home and kept him away from children his age.’
    • ‘In fact the Orange parade used to gather at the bottom of our road and my mother even kept us away from the window.’
    • ‘After the airport reception, the contestants were whisked to their hotel where they have been kept away from the press.’
    • ‘It's hard enough to try to raise your kids right and keep them away from drugs without someone slipping this into my kids' daily round of subliminal nudging.’
    • ‘Shopping online or by mail order keeps you away from some of the holiday's most aggravating situations - crowded stores and streets.’
    • ‘Another pastime that has kept me away from the keyboard is a fascinating book I've been reading.’
    • ‘The fact is, you were kept away from the public for two years.’
    • ‘I have kept him away from mirrors so he could not see how bad it was.’
    stay away, keep away, be absent, withdraw, retire, take one's leave, remove oneself, slip away, take oneself off, abscond
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