Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) separate or distance yourself from someone/something
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disassociate yourself from someone/wrong doing/a project
When you disassociate yourself from something, it usually means to distance yourself from something you disagree with or have an issue with. When you disassociate yourself you want to make a clear boundary between you and an ideology, ethos, project or scheme of work: "Although we have worked with Marcus in the past we would now like to disassociate ourselves from that work and his current right-wing ideology." "If you decide to work in this way I am afraid I will have to disassociate myself from the project, I can't stand behind it." "We would ask that all of our suppliers disassociate themselves from any practices involving child labour." This is an expression usually used in formal addresses or public statements.
Social Examples (Advance)
The best thing I did when I was younger was disassociate myself from a group of friends who kept getting me into trouble. Doing so changed my life for the better.
The Council were criticised for disassociating themselves from the project as soon as costs began to rise. Locals believe that they should have found a way to work around the issue for the good of the community.
Professional Examples (Advance)
Jane disassociated herself from any wrongdoing after fellow senior figures at the company were indicted for insider trading. She claimed that she knew nothing about it.
I want to make it clear that I am disassociating myself and our company from the actions and decisions of the supplier and make it known that we have found a new one already.
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