stand aloof

keep/hold (yourself) aloof | remain/stand aloof idiom
to not become involved in sth; to show no interest in people

The Emperor kept himself aloof from the people.

Main entry:aloofidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • stand aloof — index eschew Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • stand aloof — Synonyms and related words: abrupt, abstain, abstain from, alienate, avoid, be stuck up, be unmoved, be unwilling, beg off, cast off, cast out, cut adrift, cut off, cut out, decline, decline to accept, delete, depart, disagree, disallow,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • stand aloof — stand on the side, stand against …   English contemporary dictionary

  • aloof — adj. 1) to hold oneself, remain, stand aloof 2) aloof from (he remained aloof from the others) * * * [ə luːf] remain stand aloof to hold oneself aloof from (he remained aloof from the others) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • aloof — a|loof [əˈlu:f] adj, adv [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: aloof to windward (16 18 centuries), from loof direction against the wind (13 19 centuries), from Dutch loef] 1.) unfriendly and deliberately not talking to other people remain/stay aloof (from… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stand off — Synonyms and related words: bear off, decline, die away, diminish, drift away, dwindle, ebb, fade, fade away, go, go away, haul off, hold away from, keep aloof, keep away, keep away from, keep clear of, maintain distance, move away, move off,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • stand — v. & n. v. (past and past part. stood) 1 intr. have or take or maintain an upright position, esp. on the feet or a base. 2 intr. be situated or located (here once stood a village). 3 intr. be of a specified height (stands six foot three). 4 intr …   Useful english dictionary

  • aloof — a•loof [[t]əˈluf[/t]] adj. 1) reserved or reticent; indifferent: to have the reputation of being aloof[/ex] 2) at a distance, esp. in feeling or interest; apart: to stand aloof from one s classmates[/ex] • Etymology: 1525–35; a I+loof luff… …   From formal English to slang

  • stand apart — Synonyms and related words: abrupt, alienate, be distinct, be distinguished, become an individual, cast off, cast out, clash with, conflict with, contrast with, cut adrift, cut off, cut out, delete, depart, depart from, deviate from, differ,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • aloof — /əˈluf / (say uh loohf) adverb 1. at a distance, but within view; withdrawn: to stand aloof. –adjective 2. reserved; unsympathetic; disinterested. {a 1 + loof luff, windward} –aloofly, adverb –aloofness, noun …   Australian English dictionary

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