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run a mile

(Would) avoid (something) in any way one could. He says he's a great comedian, but I bet he'd run a mile if you tried to get him on stage.
See also: mile, run

run a mile

mainly BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone runs a mile, they try very hard to get away from a person, thing or situation. Most men run a mile when they see a girl cry. These days most of us run a mile at the mention of plastic. He's friendly enough but he'd run a mile if I asked him out.
See also: mile, run

run a mile

used to show that someone is frightened by or very unwilling to do something. informal
1999 Chris Dolan Ascension Day She'll run a mile if you contact her direct. I'll do my go-between bit, for you and her, if you do the same for me.
See also: mile, run

run a ˈmile (from somebody/something)

(informal) show that you are very frightened of somebody/something: She likes him but she’d run a mile if he proposed to her.
See also: mile, run