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avoid someone or something like the plague

Fig. to ignore or keep away from someone or something totally. What's wrong with Bob? Everyone avoids him like the plague. I don't like opera. I avoid it like the plague.
See also: avoid, like, plague

let alone someone or something

not to mention or think of someone or something; not even to take someone or something into account. (Fixed order.) Do I have a dollar? I don't even have a dime, let alone a dollar. I didn't invite John, let alone the rest of his family.
See also: alone, let

let someone or something alone

 and leave someone or something alone; leave someone or something be
to avoid touching, bothering, or communicating with someone or something. Leave me alone. I don't want your help. Let it alone! Don't touch it! It may be hot!
See also: alone, let

let alone do something

and to an even greater degree do something We were trapped in a situation you can barely imagine, let alone understand.
Usage notes: used to emphasize the extreme character of something
Related vocabulary: not to mention somebody/something
See also: alone, let

let somebody alone

to not annoy or interrupt someone leave somebody alone I tried to keep my promise not to call her, to let her alone to think, but finally I needed to talk to her.
See also: alone, let

avoid somebody/something like the plague

to keep far away from someone or something When he was in high school, he avoided girls like the plague.
Usage notes: usually said about someone or something you fear or do not like
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of the plague (a disease that spreads quickly and kills great numbers of people)
See also: avoid, like, plague

avoid somebody/something like the plague

to try very hard to avoid someone or something that you do not like
Usage notes: A plague is a serious disease which kills many people.
I'm not a fan of parties - in fact I avoid them like the plague.
See also: avoid, like, plague

avoid like the plague

Evade or elude at any cost, shun. For example, Since Bob was taken into police custody, his friends have been avoiding him and his family like the plague . This seemingly modern expression dates from the Latin of the early Middle Ages, when Saint Jerome (a.d. 345-420) wrote, "Avoid, as you would the plague, a clergyman who is also a man of business." The plague, a deadly infectious disease in his day, has been largely wiped out, but the term remains current.
See also: avoid, like, plague

let alone

2. Not to mention, as in We have no room for another house guest, let alone an entire family. [c. 1800]
See also: alone, let

let alone

Not to mention; much less: "Their ancestors had been dirt poor and never saw royalty, let alone hung around with them" (Garrison Keillor).
See also: alone, let
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At the core of my book is the view that the human rights of others impose upon us a negative duty "not to cooperate in the imposition of a coercive institutional order that avoidably leaves human rights unfulfilled without making reasonable efforts to aid its victims and to promote institutional reform" (p.
Your attention was avoidably distracted from driving by use of the phone.
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Lamentably, and avoidably, we are now deprived of watching a truly great batter pitting his skills against the world's best bowlers for some time.
46) If the society's affluence is sustained by a global system of rules that avoidably keeps billions in poverty, then the priority its members give to one another may be a violation of human rights rather than the fulfillment of a morally sound reciprocal contract.
Addiction will be viewed as an important health problem and addiction services valued as means to reduce the incidence of medical/surgical complications (substance-related illnesses and injuries) that substantially but avoidably drive up overall healthcare costs.
On the other hand, she thinks a law "forcing" women "to have fewer offspring suffering avoidably flawed or even genuinely wrongful existences would be perfectly constitutional.
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Napolitano reminds us, first, how uniquely fortunate we are as Americans to enjoy the individual protections guaranteed by our Constitution and, second, how fleeting liberty will surely be when the people avoidably surrender power to government--whether through ignorance and apathy or grossly misplaced trust.
A staggering 670 million are avoidably blind or vision impaired because they don't have simple vision correction (spectacles) that could be provided at a relatively low cost, reports leading advocate, Professor Brien Holden, CEO of the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE).
A nice range of finds is presented, but in themselves these do not necessarily identify the nature of the temple-tour: Turning to the seals, the layout with horizontally and vertically mounted cylinder seal impressions is avoidably unattractive.
Even the manner of the defeat that Monday evening provided portents of the forthcoming doom, all three of Villa's goals largely of Liverpool's own making - from poor defending at set-pieces, the misfortune of an own goal and the avoidably rash concession of a penalty.
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Doing so will result in fewer unjustified lawsuits, hopefully fair and reasonable compensation for patients who have been injured avoidably and, ultimately, the improvement in care of patients with otolaryngologic disorders.
Kaylee McIntosh drowned when a training exercise at an Army summer camp went disastrously - and avoidably - wrong in bad weather.