(intransitive) To maintain a safe distance from a hazard.
You had better stand back and let me operate the chainsaw.
(intransitive) To abstain from participation.
While others debated the proposals, he stood back.
(intransitive, cricket) (of a wicket-keeper) To stand a long way behind the wicket so as to catch balls from a fast bowler.
- stay away
- keep one's hands off
- keep one's distance
- keep one's eyes off
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