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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theykeep off
he/she/itkeeps off
present participlekeeping off
past tensekept off
past participlekept off
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  1. 1
    keep something off something to not touch something, or to prevent something from touching something
    Keep the flies off the food.
    Keep your hands off! It’s mine.
  2. 2
    keep off something to not go onto a particular area of land
    Keep off the grass.
    keep someone/something off something: Dogs must be kept off the beach.
  3. 3
    keep off something to avoid a particular type of food or drink
    I’m trying to keep off fatty foods.
    1. a.
      to avoid mentioning a particular subject in a conversation
      keep someone off something: Keep him off politics, for goodness sake.
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