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Give wide berth

DEFINITION

(Old fashioned) Avoid someone. Stay away from somebody. A berth is for parking a ship, so a big ship needs a wide berth to enter, so this idiom means don’t constrict the operation of someone, especially¬† a mean person. (Compare to Hot and bothered.)

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