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(something) is enough to plague a saint

Something is so trying or frustrating as to bother even the most patient person. Being with screaming kids all day is enough to plague a saint. I've always thought that hassle of navigating the crowds during the Black Friday sales is enough to plague a saint.
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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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enough to plague a saint

So trying or frustrating as to bother even the most patient person. The annoying action can be stated between "enough" and "to." Being with screaming kids all day is enough to plague a saint. The kids have really let loose today with enough shrieking to plague a saint.
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plague (one) with (something)

To frustrate, annoy, inconvenience, or cause trouble for one repeatedly or continuously. Often used in passive constructions. The company was plagued with setbacks and misfortune in its first couple of years, but they've finally begun to see some financial success. The investigators have been plaguing us with inquiries and requests for documentation for weeks now—I wish they would let us just get on with our work!
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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 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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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.

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.

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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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.”
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We analyzed data for human plague surveillance activities (Appendix, by using Stata 14 (StataCorp LLC, https://
Chiu avers that there were three groups that were primarily concerned with the plague and its implications: doctors, theologians, and civic administrators (p.
Plague symptoms in cats and dogs are fever, lethargy and loss of appetite, with possible swelling in the lymph node under the jaw.
These organisms are the product of their own biological evolution, and the history of the plague's development is perhaps (along with maybe HIV) the most detailed biography of any pathogen known to science.
What's unusual about this year's plague? For one, it started so furiously so early in the season, and it's affecting people in urban areas.
An estimate of the plagues' duration will help identify the diseases most likely to have produced the deaths in the last plague, because the period between initial infection and death varies by disease.
Possibly, the political situation in Angola (including armed conflicts, during several years) impeded the obtainment of data on plague. However, plague is an old problem in Angola.
The company said the patent includes claims covering plague antigens fused to its iBioModulator thermostable immunomodulator, as well as vaccine compositions and a method for producing the antigen.
But what happened to the bodies of those poor unfortunates who succumbed to the plague? Newcastle historian and author Steve Ellwood works as a city guide.
Filled with action, puzzles, ciphers, and secret treasure, Mark of the Plague will have readers racing along with Christopher, searching for clues to solve the mystery before the plague takes them all.
After the initial report of possible plague cases, the Nyimba District Medical Office began active case finding in the health center catchment areas.
pestis was initially passed from person to person--say, when an infected individual coughed on a healthy person--and most likely caused lung infections known as pneumonic plague or blood infections called septicemic plague, the researchers report in the Oct.
Los Angeles - A popular campground at Yosemite National Park in California will be temporarily closed after several dead squirrels were found to be carrying the plague, officials said Friday.
Flea-carrying rats have long been blamed for spreading the bubonic plague, which swept Europe in the mid-1300s and killed an estimated 25 million people.