keep off


verb

to stay or cause to stay at a distance (from)
(preposition) not to eat or drink or prevent from eating or drinking
(preposition) to avoid or cause to avoid (a topic)
(intr, adverb) not to startthe rain kept off all day

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Idioms and Phrases with keep off

keep off

1

Ward off, avert, as in She used a bug spray to keep off the mosquitoes. [Mid-1500s]

2

Stay away from, not touch or trespass on; also, prevent from touching or trespassing. For example, They put up a sign asking the public to keep off their property, or Please keep your feet off the sofa. [Late 1500s] Also see hands off.

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