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Wide Berth

What is the rea­son we say we give a “wide berth” to some­thing we avoid?

It’s be­cause the spot where a ship lies at an­chor is called its “berth” and if it has been an­chored so it can swing freely with the wind and the tide and with all other ships at a dis­tance, it has been given, quite lit­er­ally, a “wide berth.”

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