To put their brutality and unpopularity in perspective, even Al Qaeda has begun to distance themselves publicly from these groups.
I wanted to experience the conflict firsthand, to understand the people and the war, and to distance myself from Britain.
Do you need a distance between the place you live and the place you work?
She looks out of the frame, her gaze sometimes seeming to meet that of the viewer, other times looking off into the distance.
Many of the Bedouin and Christians, especially, are doing their best to distance themselves from the violence.
The distance was too great: were they never going to get to their destination?
These gradually died away in the distance, and were heard no more.
The carriage was still at some distance, standing motionless where they had left it.
He had seen her only at a distance since their talk at Newport.
Measure the distance across the back from tip to tip of wings.
late 13c., "quarrel, estrangement, discord, strife," from Old French destance (13c.), from Latin distantia "a standing apart," from distantem (nominative distans) "standing apart, separate, distant," present participle of distare "stand apart," from dis- "apart, off" (see dis-) + stare "to stand" (see stet).
Meaning "remoteness, space between things or places" is late 14c. The figurative sense of "aloofness" is the same as in stand-offish. Phrase go the distance (1930s) seems to be originally from the prize ring, where the word meant "scheduled length of a bout."
1570s (transitive); 1640s (intransitive), from distance (n.). Related: Distanced; distancing.
distance dis·tance (dĭs'təns)
The extent of space between two objects or places; an intervening space.