a wide berth
Berth Berth (b[~e]rth), n. [From the root of bear to produce, like birth nativity. See {Birth}.] [Also written {birth}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) (a) Convenient sea room. (b) A room in which a number of the officers or ship's company mess and reside. (c) The place where a ship lies when she is at anchor, or at a wharf. [1913 Webster]

2. An allotted place; an appointment; situation or employment. ``He has a good berth.'' --Totten. [1913 Webster]

3. A place in a ship to sleep in; a long box or shelf on the side of a cabin or stateroom, or of a railway car, for sleeping in. [1913 Webster]

{Berth deck}, the deck next below the lower gun deck. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

{To give} (the land or any object) {a wide berth}, to keep at a distance from it. [1913 Webster]


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  • give a wide berth — {v. phr.} To keep away from; keep a safe distance from. * /Mary gave the barking dog a wide berth./ * /Jack gave a wide berth to the fallen electric wires./ * /After Tom got Bob into trouble. Bob gave him a wide berth./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • give a wide berth — give (someone/something) a wide berth to avoid someone or something. I try to give the city centre a wide berth on a Saturday. If she s in a bad mood I tend to give her a wide berth …   New idioms dictionary

  • give someone a wide berth — give someone/something/a wide berth informal phrase to avoid someone or something People tend to give him a wide berth because he looks so strange. Thesaurus: to avoid doing something, or to avoid somethingsynonym …   Useful english dictionary

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