One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he'd tell the boy to keep off private land’
stay off, not enter, keep away from, stay away from, not trespass on, remain at a distance from, not go near
2‘Maud tried to keep off political subjects’
avoid, steer clear of, stay away from, shun, evade, skirt round, sidestep, dodge, pass over, bypass
3‘the first thing she told me was to keep off alcohol’
abstain from, go without, do without, renounce, refrain from, give up, forgo, forswear, resist, turn aside from, swear off, not touch
4‘it'll be great if the rain keeps off’
stay away, hold off, not start, not begin, not come, not happen
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