avoid (someone or something) like the plague

Definition of avoid (someone or something) like the plague


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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to keep away from :  shun

    :  to prevent the occurrence or effectiveness of

    :  to refrain from

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

  1. :  a disastrous evil or affliction :  calamity

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

    :  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

    :  to cause worry or distress to :  hamper, burden

    :  to disturb or annoy persistently

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