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.

Examples of give (someone or something) a wide berth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Andolfi says that if possible, give a wide berth to those family members who create or trigger conflict. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021

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“Give (someone or something) a wide berth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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