Meanwhile the White House has gone to great lengths to insulate the president from the unfolding drama in China.
Their purpose was transparent: insulate Hayward and the Unified Command.
With Watergate closing in, Nixon fired Haldeman and Ehrlichman in a fruitless effort to insulate himself.
1530s, "make into an island," from Latin insulatus, from insula (see insular). Sense of "cause a person or thing to be detached from surroundings" is from 1785. Electrical/chemical sense of "block from electricity or heat" is from 1742. Related: Insulated; insulating.