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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.
See also: avoid, like, plague

avoid the trap of (doing something)

To avoid to doing something foolish or irresponsible. After college, I couldn't avoid the trap of using credit cards, and I've been deep in debt ever since.
See also: avoid, of, trap

fall into the trap of (doing something)

To succumb to doing something foolish or irresponsible. After college, I fell into the trap of using credit cards, and I've been deep in debt ever since.
See also: fall, of, trap

let alone

1. verb To stop bothering someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "let" and "alone." Why do you keep picking at that scab on your knee? Let it alone already! For the last time, let your brother alone—he needs to study!
2. expression Not to mention. The phrase is used to emphasize that if other more significant or pressing things are not possible or cannot be accommodated, a lesser thing certainly is not or cannot either. I hardly had time to brush my teeth this morning, let alone do my hair! We can't afford a vacation, let alone a trip to Disney World.
See also: alone, let

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.
See also: avoid, like, plague

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.
See also: alone, let

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!
See also: alone, let

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.
See also: avoid, like, plague

let alone

2. Not to mention, as in We have no room for another house guest, let alone an entire family. [c. 1800]
See also: alone, let

avoid someone/something like the plague

If you avoid someone or something like the plague, you do everything possible to avoid them. I would avoid him like the plague when his wife was around. The athlete must avoid all extra sugar like the plague. Note: The plague is bubonic plague, a disease which killed over 50 million people in Europe and Asia during the 14th century and was referred to as the Black Death.

let aˈlone

used after a statement to emphasize that because the first thing is not true or possible, the next thing cannot be true or possible either: I wouldn’t speak to him, let alone trust him or lend him money.She didn’t even apologize, let alone offer to pay for the damage.
See also: alone, let

avoid somebody/something like the ˈplague

(informal) avoid somebody/something completely: It was the sort of restaurant that I would normally have avoided like the plague.
A plague is an infectious disease that kills a lot of people.

fall into/avoid the trap of doing something

do/avoid doing something that is a mistake but which seems at first to be a good idea: Parents sometimes fall into the trap of trying to do everything for their children.
See also: avoid, fall, of, something, trap

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).
See also: alone, let

avoid like the plague, to

To stay away from, assiduously shun. The scourge of western Europe on numerous occasions, the plague, although poorly understood, was known to be contagious even in the time of St. Jerome (a.d. 345– 420), who wrote, “Avoid, as you would the plague, a clergyman who is also a man of business.”
See also: avoid, like
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(23) Arneson does not dispute that the trade regime in question is avoidably onerous, foreseeably leaving many people deeply impoverished and unable to meet their basic needs.
It toughens the penalties for motorists who kill because they were "avoidably distracted", which could include calling or texting on a mobile phone, drinking or eating, adjusting a satellite navigation system or car stereo, applying make-up or reading a map.
From next week, those who cause death by driving while "avoidably distracted" will face up to five years in jail.
The monster waves of Oahu's North Shore were part of that movie and they're the focus here, as Brown follows pro surfing's Triple Crown--and manages, strenuously it seems, to avoid plugging any corporate sponsors, except when their posters are un avoidably in the way of the camera.
For example, inchoate liability aims to criminalize and punish conduct "in so far as it has an appropriate causal relationship to a primary harm, as making the occurrence of harm more likely; and the culpability of someone committing an inchoate offense, in so far as it involves more than the willful performance of conduct defined by law as criminal, will consist essentially in her awareness of that relationship--in the fact that she knowingly, and avoidably, does what makes the occurrence of a primary harm more likely." (167) The subjectivist argument for criminalizing attempts is that those who attempt to commit a criminal harm are morally no less culpable than those who succeed in doing so.
We don't and probably can't, at this point, know what will work to protect patients, compensate those avoidably injured, ensure that the needed health care providers and facilities are available and affordable, and facilitate the processes that can make all this possible.
Pregnant women were 'dying avoidably' from AIDS while over 60 000 children a year were being infected because of the inadequacy of current programmes.
It is possible that a larger proportion of children are deliberately and avoidably abused or neglected today, both in large groups and as individuals, than ever before.
Such protection inhibits the flexibility of labour markets and avoidably reduces productivity.
In reality, not all the changes produced by humankind today have happy results: hence nature's violent reaction to the harm done to it; hence humankind's reaction against itself owing to the profound worldwide imbalances arising out of arbitrary political, economic and social change: famine, war, terrorism, social inequality, racism, trade in living organs, trade in children, drugs, and further numberless scourges afflicting post-modern society as a result of the changes that it itself has brought about, unavoidably or avoidably, knowingly or unknowingly, deliberately or accidentally.
The impossibility of such reforms will see a problematic continuation of the present politics of "democracy substitution," which avoidably undercuts governmental authority and capacity to govern.
Sometimes avoidably, sometimes unavoidably, mistakes were made by the United States, by its adversaries and its allies.
But for those unprepared because they believed it "would never happen to them," such crises as extortion or hostage-taking not only caught them off-guard but diverted their attention from their businesses, leading to anxiety, confusion and, too often and avoidably, tragedy.
One author suggests imposing strict liability on doctors "who disseminate avoidably inaccurate genetic information." (97) Strict liability entails "liability without fault." (98) The benefit of this approach is that it would reduce the child's burden of proving that his life is an injury, and prevent courts from tripping over the metaphysical paradox.
THE MASSIVE LAYOFFS ARE UN avoidably making HERE's work harder on many fronts.