avoid (someone or something) like the plague

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of avoid (someone or something) like the plague

informal
: to stay away as much as possible from (someone or something)

Word by Word Definitions

avoid play
  1. : to keep away from : shun

  2. : to prevent the occurrence or effectiveness of

  3. : to refrain from

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

plague play
  1. : a disastrous evil or affliction : calamity

  2. : a destructively numerous influx or multiplication of a noxious animal : infestation

  3. : an epidemic disease causing a high rate of mortality : pestilence

  1. : to smite, infest, or afflict with or as if with disease, calamity, or natural evil

  2. : to cause worry or distress to : hamper, burden

  3. : to disturb or annoy persistently


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