ABSTAIN, refrain, spare, not attempt; not do [See Inaction]; maintain the even tenor of ones way.
ESCHEW, keep from, let alone, have nothing to do with; keep -, stand -, hold- -aloof, - off; take no part in, have no hand in.
AVOID, shun; steer -, keep- clear of; fight shy of; keep ones distance, keep at a respectful distance; keep -, getout of the way; evade, elude, turn away from; set ones face against (oppose) [See Opposition]; deny oneself.
SHRINK; hang -, hold -, draw- back; recoil [See Recoil]; retire (recede) [See Recession]; flinch, blink, blench, shy, shirk, dodge, parry, make way for, give place to.
BEAT A RETREAT; turn tail, turn ones back; take to ones heels; run, run away, run for ones life; maroon; cut and run [colloq.]; be off, - like a shot; fly, flee, fly -, flee -, run away - from; take flight, take to flight; desert, elope; make off, scamper off, sneak off, shuffle off, sheer off; break -, burst -, tear oneself -, slip -, slink -, steal- -away, - away from; slip cable, part company, turn on ones heel; sneak out of, play truant, give one the go-by [slang], give leg bail [slang], take French leave, slope [slang], decamp, flit, bolt, abscond, levant [slang, Eng.], skedaddle [dial. or slang, U. S.], absquatulate [U. S.], cut ones stick [slang], walk ones chalks [slang], show the heels, show a clean (or light) pair of heels, make oneself scarce [slang]; escape [See Escape]; go away (depart) [See Departure]; abandon [See Relinquishment]; reject [See Rejection].
lead one a dance, lead one a pretty dance; throw off the scent, play at hide and seek.