One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Keep someone away: repel someone.
fight off, repulse, drive away, drive back, put to flight, force back, beat back, push back, thrust backView synonyms
- ‘It is not in our interest to create the impression that a group of insurgents can stand us off for months.’
- ‘After Grant outflanked the Confederates and encircled Vicksburg, they stood him off for weeks.’
- ‘He can easily be stood off by either of the Austrian armies.’
- ‘I stood him off by saying I did not like that sort of game.’
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