a wide berth

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a wide berth

"a wide berth"

a reasonable distance from someone or something, usually in order to avoid someone or something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a wide berth

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I would avoid the boss this morning if I were you.

Colleague 2: What is he upset about this time?

Colleague 1: Who knows but he is yelling and screaming at anyone who comes in his path.

Colleague 2: Thanks for the warning. I will be sure to give the boss a wide berth for the rest of the day.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a wide berth

A father is giving his daughter a driving lesson ...

Father: And when there is a bicycle lane on the right, allow a wide berth between your car and any bicycles you might encounter.

Daughter: How much space should I allow?

Father: Try to give as much space as you can while staying in your own lane.

Daughter: I sure wouldn't want to hit a bicyclist.

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a wide berth - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a wide berth.

a wide berth - Examples:

1)  ... seem to be many unresolved issues with them and I would give them a wide berth.

2)  If you must continue, take a detour and give the bear a wide berth. Bears can cover large distances in a relatively short period of time, so ...

3)  I wouldn't say it's easy but it allows for a wide berth for experimentation.

4)  Wildlife should be given a wide berth and bells are a good idea to announce your presence. 

5)  ... say that I never had heard anything like that before. I took a wide berth and slowly walked past the area making sure not to start running again until I ...

6)  ... editors just want to take an arm's length approach and give writers a wide berth without taking proactive steps to shape their publication's editorial direction. 

7)  A barrier was put up to create a wide berth between the terror supporters and civilized people visiting the Museum.

8)  Knowing how clumsy I am, perhaps I should have kept a wide berth.

9)  Once inside, I wanted to remain clean and I gave drugs a wide berth, but that can make you unpopular. My time in prison was not easy.

10)  Gun control is a topic traditionally given a wide berth during an election year. 

11)  ... going near the settlement and the police and troops happily gave the area a wide berth.

12)  ... or third car can not see me on my bike and give me a wide berth.

13)  Give them a wide berth for a while and gather your senses.

14)  Everyone knew to give the big man a wide berth. Maybe it was his size that filled strangers with caution. 

15)  ... need to be studied and explained, and he cites examples that cover a wide berth in European history and culture.

16)  Do you think there's there a fine line or a wide berth between being enchanting and being manipulative?

17)  ... was rearranging a few other PCI cards so as to give the GPU a wide berth on either side, which then enabled me to re-seat it better.

18)  The black flag! That's the plague flag. Give them a wide berth.

19)  ... a tendency to see the good in everyone and everything -- to allow a wide berth for error, for ourselves and others.

20)  Fortunately the bed was a presidential-size. Giving the cat a wide berth, Reno lay down on his back and gazed up at the ceiling.