verb (used with object), dis·tanced, dis·tanc·ing.
Words nearby distance
Idioms for distance
- (in horse racing) to be able to run well in a long race.
- Informal. to finish or complete something, especially something difficult, challenging, or requiring sustained effort.
Origin of distance
OTHER WORDS FROM distancedis·tance·less, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for keep one's distance
- the length of the shortest line segment joining two points
- the length along a straight line or curve
- British a point on a racecourse 240 yards from the winning post
- British any interval of more than 20 lengths between any two finishers in a race
- US the part of a racecourse that a horse must reach in any heat before the winner passes the finishing line in order to qualify for later heats
- boxing to complete a bout without being knocked out
- to be able to complete an assigned task or responsibility
- (in a picture) halfway between the foreground and the horizon
- (in a natural situation) halfway between the observer and the horizon
Medical definitions for keep one's distance
Idioms and Phrases with keep one's distance (1 of 2)
Stay away; also, remain emotionally remote. For example, It's wise to keep one's distance from any wild animal, or Since the family argued with him, Harry's been keeping his distance. [Late 1500s]
Idioms and Phrases with keep one's distance (2 of 2)
see go the distance; keep one's distance; spitting distance.