Wide-berth definition

(nautical) Adequate distance from sea vessels or other objects to ensure safety and maneuverability.

Steer to port and give the rocks a wide berth.

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(idiomatic, by extension) A considerable or comfortable distance from a person or object, especially for safety or deliberate avoidance.

Our cat always gives the vacuum cleaner a wide berth.

He's so obnoxious that everyone gives him a wide berth.

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Noun

Singular:
wide-berth
Plural:
wide berths