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for a wide berth
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Berth \Berth\ (b[~e]rth), n. [From the root of bear to produce,
like birth nativity. See Birth.] [Also written birth.]
(a) Convenient sea room.
(b) A room in which a number of the officers or ship's
company mess and reside.
(c) The place where a ship lies when she is at anchor, or
at a wharf.
2. An allotted place; an appointment; situation or
employment. "He has a good berth." --Totten.
3. A place in a ship to sleep in; a long box or shelf on the
side of a cabin or stateroom, or of a railway car, for
Berth deck, the deck next below the lower gun deck. --Ham.
To give (the land or any object) a wide berth, to keep at
a distance from it.
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