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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 the hassle of navigating the crowds during the Black Friday sales is enough to plague a saint. Having to deal with construction at your house for six months straight is enough to plague a saint. I definitely regret not getting more of this work done before we moved in!
a plague on both your/their houses
Said as an exclamation of exasperation with, disgust for, or rejection of both of two opposing people or groups. A line from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, it is used especially in reference to politics. Honestly, I look at the candidates vying for election, both of whom I know will usher in the same status quo as we've had for decades, and I just feel like saying, "A plague on both your houses!" Look, I don't favor one side over the other in this debacle—a plague on both their houses, as far as I'm concerned, because they're both equally responsible. I think that, deep down, they're both sleazy con men, so I'm not supporting either of them. A plague on both their houses!
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.
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.
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.
enough something to plague a saintand 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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
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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.
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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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