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a plague on both your houses

I hope that bad things happen to both of you (and your families). The phrase appears in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. I can't believe the two of you would deceive me like this! A plague on both your houses!
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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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enough something to plague a saint

 and something is enough to plague a saint
Rur. enough of something to annoy even a patient person. That little boy has enough curiosity to plague a saint! Sally's a well-meaning woman, but her endless gossiping is enough to plague a saint.
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plague someone or something with something

to bother or annoy someone or something with something. Stop plaguing me with your requests. We plagued the committee with ideas.
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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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plague with

To pester, trouble, or harass someone or something with something: Reporters plague me with questions everywhere I go. The production was plagued with problems from the start.
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It's surprising that the plague was widespread 3,000 years before written records of plagues and well before largescale urbanization," Willerslev says.
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The Plague - Pipeline Review, H2 2015 market research report provides data and information that helps strengthen plague R&D pipelines by identifying new targets and MOAs to produce first-in-class and best-in-class products.
They found that Europe tended to experience plague outbreaks after Central Asia had wet springs and warm summers--conditions that stymie rat populations but help gerbils thrive.
We summarize the characteristics of 1,006 cases of human plague occurring in the United States over 113 years, beginning with the first documented case in 1900.
In the past decade and a half there have been plague outbreaks all over the world, including in Peru, Madagascar, India, Algeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kyrgyzstan has launched anti-epidemic working groups consisting of trained specialists to monitor the situation with possible plague outbreak, according to the Department of Disease Prevention.
The new season brings with it new conflicts, and deaths as a result of the deadly plague.