keep aloof

keep aloof
stay away from, distance oneself emotionally from

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  • keep aloof — index elude, estrange Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • keep aloof — v. (D; intr.) to keep aloof from ( to remain at a distance from ) (she kept aloof from the others) * * * (D; intr.) to keep aloof from (she kept aloof from the others; to remain at a distance from ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • keep aloof from — index forgo Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • keep from — Synonyms and related words: abstain, abstain from, anticipate, arrest, avert, avoid, bar, bosom, bridle, check, classify, conceal, constrain, contain, control, cool, cool off, curb, curtail, debar, decelerate, deflect, deter, discourage,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • keep one's distance — verb stay clear of, avoid Keep your hands off my wife! Keep your distance from this man he is dangerous • Syn: ↑stand back, ↑keep one s eyes off, ↑keep one s hands off, ↑stay away • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • keep (yourself) aloof — keep/hold (yourself) aloof | remain/stand aloof idiom to not become involved in sth; to show no interest in people • The Emperor kept himself aloof from the people. Main entry: ↑aloofidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • aloof — (adj.) 1530s, from A (Cf. a ) (1) + M.E. loof weather gage, also windward direction, probably from Du. loef (M.Du. lof) the weather side of a ship. Originally a nautical order to keep the ship s head to the wind, thus to stay clear of a lee shore …   Etymology dictionary

  • aloof — a|loof [əˈlu:f] adj, adv [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: aloof to windward (16 18 centuries), from loof direction against the wind (13 19 centuries), from Dutch loef] 1.) unfriendly and deliberately not talking to other people remain/stay aloof (from… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • keep to oneself — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. cultivate solitude, avoid human companionship, remain aloof, be a recluse, be a hermit, be a lone wolf, stay away, not mingle, not mix, hold oneself aloof, keep oneself to oneself, keep one s own counsel, keep secret, keep… …   English dictionary for students

  • keep — keepable, adj. keepability, n. /keep/, v., kept, keeping, n. v.t. 1. to hold or retain in one s possession; hold as one s own: If you like it, keep it. Keep the change. 2. to hold or have the use of for a period of time: You can keep it for the… …   Universalium

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