give (someone or something) a wide berth

Definition of give (someone or something) a wide berth

  1. :  to avoid or stay away from (someone or something) I could see that she was in a bad mood, so I gave her a wide berth.

Word by Word Definitions

giveplay
  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

somethingplay
  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

wideplay
  1. :  having great extent :  vast

    :  extending over a vast area :  extensive

    :  comprehensive, inclusive

  1. :  over a great distance or extent :  widely

    :  so as to leave much space or distance between

    :  so as to pass at or clear by a considerable distance

berthplay
  1. :  sufficient distance for maneuvering a ship

    :  an amount of distance maintained for safety

    :  the place where a ship lies when at anchor or at a wharf

  1. :  to bring (something, such as a ship or automotive vehicle) into a berth

    :  to allot quarters or accommodations to :  to allot a berth to

    :  to come into a berth


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