give (someone or something) a wide berth

Definition of give (someone or something) a wide berth

: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

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

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

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

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

wide play
  1. : having great extent : vast

  2. : extending over a vast area : extensive

  3. : extending throughout a specified area or scope

  1. : over a great distance or extent : widely

  2. : over a specified distance, area, or extent

  3. : so as to leave much space or distance between

berth play
  1. : sufficient distance for maneuvering a ship

  2. : an amount of distance maintained for safety

  3. : 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

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

  3. : to come into a berth


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