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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

v.
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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Plagues killed millions of Europeans and Asians starting around 1,500 years ago.
They fear that two deadliest plagues from the past have been connected and have the potential to return which may kill people within 24 hours if mutated as airborne infection.
That's not to say, of course, that modern humankind doesn't have its own plagues.
Mormando shows that Sweerts's painting reinforces the message of contemporary Roman preachers, "the only true, effective remedy for plagues of any sort or dimension was repentance for their sin, emendation of their ways, true conversion, and a return to the 'one true faith'" (303).
However, given the differences mentioned above and improved knowledge on the rapidity of virus mutation and worldwide transmission potential, we merely argue that the simplest explanation for medieval plagues has yet to be ruled out: that they may have resulted from a human-to-human transmitted virus.
London, March 30 (ANI): Scientists have claimed that the Biblical plagues that devastated Ancient Egypt in the Old Testament really happened and were the result of global warming and a volcanic eruption.
Much recent work has focused on the medical aspects of plagues (especially the nature of the Black Death) or the socio-economic ramifications, particularly in the later Middle Ages.
The plagues of the 14th through the 17th century have been studied from any number of angles, but the effects of the plagues in Spain have largely been ignored.
God brought down 10 plagues to ravage the Egyptian empire.
The rad thing about the 10 biblical plagues is their nonstop element of surprise.
Despite his deadly subjects, including the various plagues of classical times, the infamous Black Death, tuberculosis, malaria, smallpox, SARS, mad cow disease and a host of other terrors, Sherman (biology emeritus, U.
Outbreak: Plagues that Changed History Barnard, Bryn Crown Books for Young Readers $17.
I was listening to a preacher on the radio the other day talking about the 10 Biblical plagues.
Spores, Plagues, and History: The Story of Anthrax by Chris Holmes, M.
32 mutation is restricted to Europe suggests that the plagues of the Middle Ages played a big part in raising the frequency of the mutation.