Away from clear from
- At or from a distance but within view or at a tiny length apart away
- identical to Alewife
- in an aloof way
- remote in manner
- Identical To Alewife.
- At or from a distance, but within view, or at a small length; aside; away.
- Without sympathy; unfavorably.
- far from; clear from.
1530s, from a- (1) + Middle English loof "weather gage," also "windward way," most likely from Dutch loef (Middle Dutch lof) "the current weather part of a ship." Originally a nautical purchase to help keep the ship's visit the wind, thus to stay away from a lee-shore or some other quarter; ergo the figurative feeling of "at a distance, apart" (1580s). Associated: Aloofly; aloofness.
(n.) Same as Alewife.
- (adv.) At or from a distance, but within view, or at a tiny length; apart; away.
- (adv.) Without sympathy; unfavorably.
- (prep.) Far from; clear from.
For the moment Germany was to hold aloof lest any active initiative on her part should displease the Vatican, of whose help Bismarck stood in need.