Definition of give a wide berth in English:

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give a wide berth

1Steer (a ship) well clear of something while passing it: ships are advised to give a wide berth to the Outer Banks
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  • When they neared Barbers Point they too saw a large column of ‘Army’ planes and so gave them a wide berth and continued on toward Ford Island.
  • Yet for all the masterful handling of the ship by the coxswain it became quite noticeable that we gave a wide berth to the other ship.
  • The anchor was weighed, the sails set and with the canoe in tow the little vessel bounded merrily over the waters, gave a wide berth to the reef, against whose frowning rocks the sea still lashed itself to foam, and kept away from the cove, where the English ship unconsciously awaited us.
1.1Stay away from someone or something: I’d sworn to give women a wide berth
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  • The best approach is to avoid accidents and helmets actually lead to more accidents, so give them a wide berth and stay safe.
  • Certain methods of earning a living would be given a wide berth by most individuals, instinctively.
  • Every sensible consumer should be giving these products a wide berth.
avoid, shun, keep away from, stay away from, steer clear of, keep at arm's length, have nothing to do with;
dodge, sidestep, circumvent, skirt around
See parent entry: berth
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