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    #1

    give somebody a wide birth to = to keep clear of; to keep out of ones way;

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following English text?

    “I should avoid the woods and orchards if I were you and give a wide berth to the horned beasts on the farm.”

    give somebody a wide berth to = to keep clear of; to keep out of one’s way; to avoid; to keep at a safe distance from

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 22-Feb-2009 at 12:50.


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    #2

    Re: give somebody a wide birth to = to keep clear of; to keep out of ones way;

    Yes - though it is berth rather than birth.

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