President Obama has been advised to keep away from the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
It was decided to shoot Mr. Smith, after duly warning him to keep away.
Now take my advice, Bobby, and keep away from that cornfield.
Any man who cared for his wife would have naturally requested him, Nigel, to keep away.
"Poor old Oxley won't like seeing us keep away," said Denison.
And so, Aurora, I am going to keep away from you for–I am not at the present moment quite able to say how long.
You keep away from the engine room and the engine-room affairs.
It was also the prettiest little chamber in the world, and his servant was beside him with a fan to keep away the flies and gnats.
What makes you act so strangely—and keep away from me as though you hated me?
There was a studied effort on the part of the players to keep away from the subject of football that morning.
late Old English cepan "to seize, hold," also "to observe," from Proto-Germanic *kopijanan, but with no certain connection to other languages. It possibly is related to Old English capian "to look," from Proto-Germanic *kap- (cepan was used c.1000 to render Latin observare), which would make the basic sense "to keep an eye on."
The word prob. belongs primarily to the vulgar and non-literary stratum of the language; but it comes up suddenly into literary use c.1000, and that in many senses, indicating considerable previous development. [OED]Sense of "preserve, maintain" is from mid-14c. Meaning "to maintain in proper order" is from 1550s; meaning "financially support and privately control" (usually in reference to mistresses) is from 1540s. Related: Kept; keeping.
mid-13c., "care or heed in watching," from keep (v.). Meaning "innermost stronghold of a tower" is from 1580s, perhaps a translation of Italian tenazza, with a notion of "that which keeps" (someone or something); the sense of "food required to keep a person or animal" is attested from 1801. For keeps "completely, for good" is American English colloquial, from 1861.