stay out of meaning
- stay out of sth to not become involved in a situation, activity, discussion etc:
▪ This is a very unpleasant business, and if I were you I'd stay out of it.
▪ Stephen had always made it one of his goals to stay out of debt and never borrow money.
■ SIMILAR TO: keep out of, steer clear of
- his father told him to stay out of trouble.
- i had just as soon stay out of the quarrel.
- i had just as lief stay out of the quarrel.
- this time i want to stay out of sight.
- the department of transportation wanted to stay out of military confrontation.