keep out

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keep out (third-person singular simple present keeps out, present participle keeping out, simple past and past participle kept out)

  1. (intransitive) To refrain from entering a place or condition.
    After being warned, he kept out.
  2. (transitive) To restrain someone or something from entering a place or condition.
    • 2013 June 1, “End of the peer show”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 71:
      Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. [] Banks and credit-card firms are kept out of the picture. Talk to enough people in the field and someone is bound to mention the “democratisation of finance”.
    The warning kept him out.

Usage notes[edit]

Often seen, as imperative, on a sign posted as an attempt to prevent entry or access to a place.


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