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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.
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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!
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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
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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.
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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)
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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.
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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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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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Stewart Burnick, 28, of Broadway East, Redcar, fined PS150 with PS124 costs for avoiding rail fare payment.
The Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change (AVOID)~ research programme was established in 2009 to provide advice to the UK Government on avoiding levels of global greenhouse gas emissions that cause potentially dangerous climate change.
When the class started, the librarian took the students to the Avoiding Plagiarism page on the course website.
Key recommendations include avoiding overweight and obesity, which increase risk of cancer of the esophagus, kidney, colon, and breast; eating at least 13 ounces of fruits and vegetables daily to reduce risk of cancer of the esophagus, stomach, colon, and mouth; limiting or avoiding red meat and preserved meat to reduce risk of colon cancer; moderating salt intake to reduce risk of stomach cancer; and avoiding very hot or scalding drinks and foods to reduce risk of cancer of the mouth and esophagus.
The objective is to fabricate parts in such a manner that no sprue needs to be removed, avoiding a labor-intensive process and the possibility of considerable material waste.
Though the high court upheld the delusional dentist's "liberty interest" in avoiding forced drugging, it stopped short of spelling out the constitutional rights of the accused.
tax rules contain three main weapons to prevent taxpayers from avoiding tax on income earned in a tax haven country.
This understanding of hand anatomy underscores the importance of avoiding keybedding to minimize stresses on tendons.
Similarly, select a table surface in a light color, with a non-glare surface; this will reflect some of the light to the underside of facial features, avoiding facial shadows.
This proactive approach emphasizes avoiding negative contact through preparation.
Avoiding discussion of complex themes and concepts is essential to maintaining the residents' attention and comprehension.
And Saint Basil the Great explains: `Turning away from all wickedness means keeping our tongue in check, restraining our anger, suppressing evil desires, and avoiding all gossip, lying, and swearing.
True dialog includes (1) authenticity -- being direct, honest, and straightforward; (2) inclusion -- to see the other, to see things from the other's perspective; (3) confirmation -- acknowledging, accepting, and valuing the other; (4) presentness -- give full attention to the other and to topics of dialog, avoiding distractions, giving of one's self to the other(s) and to the discussion, and taking the time and effort to be fully participative; (5) establish the spirit of mutual equality -- avoid class, race, or status differences; see others as equals; and (6) create a supportive climate -- avoid judgments, ad hominem statements, arguments, and aiding others in getting their ideas expressed (Johannesen, 1996).
Also, when people are on pharmaceutical treatment, nutrition supports them; you can use nutrition as a way of avoiding side effects, and reconstituting the immune system together with the drugs.
Scientists already know that the only way to stop AIDS is through abstinence, and through avoiding drugs which can also disable the immune system.