I've found some phrases with the sense "to avoid, to keep away from":
To give someone a wide berth ;
To keep/ stay/ steer clear of someone;
To keep out of someone’s way;
To run a mile from someone.
Are these phrases common in your country?
Or do you use other phrases with the same sense?
Thanks for all your replies!
Last edited by 5jj; 27-Apr-2011 at 14:13. Reason: Blunder corrected.
"I wouldn't come within 'cooee' of him." A 'cooee' is an Australian outback call like a yodel.
Also if you wouldn't go near something (foul/foetid/dirty/tainted...) you 'wouldn't touch it with a bargepole'. Bargepoles are not a very common feature of modern life (though I have used one, many moons ago), but the expression is still used.
It also connotes (a lack of) physical attraction. Why else would you be touching someone with something?