- v. To stay or cause to stay at a distance (from).
- v. refrain from entering or walking onto
- v. refrain from certain foods or beverages
“I said it might be, an' p'r'aps 'twas; or it might 'a' been the deacon's old mare switchin '' er tail ter keep off the flies.”
“Sandeman said they should keep off the main road because that was where Giles was most likely to look for them.”
“For example, the daily stirring or flowing of water prevents it from putrefying; winds keep off pestilence in the air; corn turned and shaken in the granary remains pure; all things, in short, that are shaken outwardly are the slower to putrefy inwardly.”
“Our day-houses are left open at the sides; but those in which we sleep are always covered, and plastered in the inside, with a composition mixed with cow-dung, to keep off the different insects, which annoy us during the night.”
“Michael Phelps has famously described taking in about 12,000 calories per day, so it would appear that swimming can keep off the pounds.”
“Once through, in daylight you can outride anything which you meet, and if you keep off the roads you may escape entirely unnoticed.”
“We rigged up bulwarks of shields and hides to keep off arrows, as the Kolchian captain, Jason, had warned Pirithoos to do.”
“The Englishman was carried to Sydney, and left in the hospital there; but Umao begged not to be sent home, for he said his parents cruelly ill-used him and his brothers, and set them to watch the fire all night to keep off evil spirits; so, when New Zealand became too cold for him, he was sent to winter at the London Society's station in Anaiteum.”
“Finally, to keep off the Birman invaders, he built a wall, surmounted along its whole extent by a parapet, and fortified with towers at regular intervals of forty fathoms, as well as by four larger ones at its extremities on the banks of the river, below the two bridges.”
“I'll have Sambo and Quimbo up here, to sing and dance one of their hell dances, and keep off these horrid notions," said Legree; and, putting on his hat, he went on to the verandah, and blew a horn, with which he commonly summoned his two sable drivers.”
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