wide berth


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wide berth

A good distance (between things, people, etc.). Originally referred to ships. Once I learned that there was a lice outbreak, I kept a wide berth from all of my students for the rest of the day. We've been keeping a wide berth from John ever since he dumped our good friend.
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a wide berth

Ample space or distance to avoid an unwanted consequence: gave their angry colleague a wide berth.
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Most MPs from Wiper, Ford Kenya and ANC dominated the list of 77 MPs who gave the function a wide berth.
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were right to give this farce of a programme a wide berth.
Luckily, most on the ring road take a wide berth and avoid the empty shops and the council's barriers.
Desperate to give Izzy a wide berth, Gary persuades Jason to go for a few drinks with him.
It asked vessels in the area to give it a wide berth.
The best thing that can happen is if Sunderland and Saints fans all give it a wide berth - so empty stands seen on TV shame those ruining a great competition.
The 23-year-old has also been quick to point out he has frequently been asked to fill a wide berth.
The sharks, which can grow to the size of a double decker bus, and which are common between the Smalls, off Pembrokeshire, appear to be giving UK seas a wide berth.
But John Savage gave the star a wide berth - because he didn't want anyone to think he was trying to gain an unfair advantage.
Tying something yellow - such as a ribbon - on to a lead, indicates to other people and dog owners that they must give this dog a wide berth and not get too close.
Children who were in town with their mums and dads got their picture taken with the characters - although most were keen to give the Wicked Witch a wide berth.
At the same time, China no longer enjoys the wide berth it had before to bolster growth in unforeseen downturns.
In in future please give the area a wide berth if you cannot be bothered to clean up, If it helps, I know where you can get the little doggie bags if you ever get caught short again.
LONDON is the UK's least car-dependent city - but those relying on public transport should give Wigan a wide berth, according to a survey.
LONDON is the UK's least car-dependent city but those relying on public transport should give Wigan a wide berth, according to a survey.