keep one's distance

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keep one's distance

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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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