Значение идиомы keep one at a distance


[keep one at a distance] or [keep one at arm’s length] {v. phr.} Toavoid company; not become too friendly toward.

Mr. Smith is kind to the workers in his store but after work he keeps themat a distance.

Betty likes Bill and is trying to be friendly, buthe keeps her at arm’s length.

Compare: KEEP ONE’S DISTANCE, HOLDOFF.


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Значение идиомы keep one at a distance