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avoid (someone or something) like the plague

To consciously stay away from someone or something. I didn't do my homework my last night, so I'm avoiding my teacher like the plague. My dog is terrified of cats and avoids them like the plague.
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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.
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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

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.
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let alone

2. Not to mention, as in We have no room for another house guest, let alone an entire family. [c. 1800]
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avoid someone/something like the plague

If you avoid someone or something like the plague, you do everything possible to avoid them. I would avoid him like the plague when his wife was around. The athlete must avoid all extra sugar like the plague. Note: The plague is bubonic plague, a disease which killed over 50 million people in Europe and Asia during the 14th century and was referred to as the Black Death.
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let aˈlone

used after a statement to emphasize that because the first thing is not true or possible, the next thing cannot be true or possible either: I wouldn’t speak to him, let alone trust him or lend him money.She didn’t even apologize, let alone offer to pay for the damage.
See also: alone, let

avoid somebody/something like the ˈplague

(informal) avoid somebody/something completely: It was the sort of restaurant that I would normally have avoided like the plague.
A plague is an infectious disease that kills a lot of people.

fall into/avoid the trap of doing something

do/avoid doing something that is a mistake but which seems at first to be a good idea: Parents sometimes fall into the trap of trying to do everything for their children.
See also: avoid, fall, of, something, trap

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).
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The Alan Partridge actor made a video for Labour urging voters to back the party because it could be trusted with the NHS and would take action to tackle rich tax avoiders.
He is rather accident prone - from bacon sandwich gurning to criticising tax avoiders with Price WaterhouseCoopers - archadvisers to the rich in the field of tax avoidance - one of the Labour Party's largest private funders.
The Chancellor is also expected to announce powers to chase international tax avoiders in the wake of the HSBC scandal.
No doubt the other tax avoiders, namely the Royals, will be happy to endorse them with a title.
Banks such as ABN Amro, Aegon, Delta Lloyd, ING, NIBC, Rabobank and Van Lanschot have emerged as potential tax avoiders in the research carried out for the fair banking monitor, Eerlijke Bankwijzer.
In his speech to the Fabian Society, Balls said Labour would crack down on tax avoiders, balance the nation's finances and cut debts.