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wide berth

A good distance (between things, people, etc.). Originally referred to ships. Once I learned that there was a lice outbreak, I kept a wide berth from all of my students for the rest of the day. We've been keeping a wide berth from John ever since he dumped our good friend.
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give someone or something a wide berth

Fig. to keep a reasonable distance from someone or something; to steer clear (of someone or something). (Originally referred to sailing ships.) The dog we are approaching is very mean. Better give it a wide berth. Give Mary a wide berth. She's in a very bad mood.
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give somebody/something a wide berth

to keep far away from someone or something He believes that his neighbors give him a wide berth because he is black.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form give a wide berth to something: Consumers continued to give wide berth to shopping malls last month
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give somebody/something a wide berth

to avoid someone or something I try to give the city centre a wide berth on a Saturday. If she's in a bad mood I tend to give her a wide berth.
See into the wide blue yonder, blow wide open
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give a wide berth

Avoid, as in After Jane told on them, they gave her a wide berth. This expression alludes to giving a vessel enough room to swing at anchor so as to avoid a collision. [Mid-1800s]
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soft berth

n. an easy situation; employment at an easy job. I hope I can arrange a soft berth for my brother, who just applied for a job here.
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a wide berth

Ample space or distance to avoid an unwanted consequence: gave their angry colleague a wide berth.
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The IR today stated that there is a provision in the PRS to allot lower berths automatically to male passengers above the age of 60 years and female passengers above the age of 45 years subject to availability of the same at the time of booking of ticket.
T Borania were occupied PQA berths to load/offload Containers, Fertilizer, Chemicals, Palm oil and Diesel oil respectively during last 24 hours.
Porto Arabia Marina has over 782 berths in total and the marina is opening up sections as yachts fill up the berths.
T Oceanus-9 carrying containers, diesel oil and LPG are expected to take berths at QICT, FOTCO and EVTL respectively on Wednesday, while M.
In this paper, a three-stage model based on mix cross-operation is developed to optimize the assignment of berths, the configuration of equipment, and the routing of yard trailers in container terminals.
Yas Marina, operated and managed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas and one of the premier marinas in Abu Dhabi, has announced that berth occupancy has doubled in the last six months, due to a growth in the marine industry within the Emirate and the services and facilities offered at Yas Marina.
The construction of the deck started from 2007 and the first phase displayed about 56 plastic form fixed berths and 30 mooring berths.
A new milestone was set at Ras Laffan Port when all six Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) berths simultaneously loaded cargo vessels heading to various international destinations.
Abstract: The goal of this paper is to show that the implementation of the queuing theory could set an optimal capacity of the port container terminal, or a combination of the number of berths and cranes per berth with the minimum costs for the given traffic.
The projects to be developed include construction of deep draft berths at Paradip port for iron ore and coal worth Rs 591 crore and Rs 479 crore, respectively.
She admitted the inner harbour has not been dredged since 2004, but said that berths there are still being used by a number of boat owners.
Drydocks World -- Dubai (DW-Dubai), the ship repair, conversion and building subsidiary of Drydocks World, has added two new berths to its facility, significantly increasing its conversion capacity.
The DMK reportedly wanted nine ministerial berths-five Cabinet berths and four Ministers of State.
Summary: DUBAI - Drydocks World-Dubai, the ship repair, conversion and building subsidiary of Drydocks World, has added two new berths to its facility, increasing its conversion capacity.
Summary: Drydocks World - Dubai, the ship repair, conversion and building subsidiary of Drydocks World, has added two new berths to its facility, significantly increasing its conversion capacity.