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  • n. Adequate distance from sea vessels or other objects to ensure safety and maneuverability.
  • n. A considerable or comfortable distance from a person or object, especially for safety or deliberate avoidance.


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  • Harry wasn't surprised to see that the Bloody Baron, a gaunt, staring Slytherin ghost covered in silver bloodstains, was being given a wide berth by the other ghosts.

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • The anchor was weighed, the sails set, and with the canoe in tow the little vessel, as though partaking of our hopes and joyous expectation, bounded merrily over the waters of Safety Bay, gave a wide berth to the reef, against whose frowning rocks the sea still lashed itself to foam, and kept away for the cove, where the English ship unconsciously awaited us.

    Swiss Family Robinson

  • Oatsie might divert the Grasstrail Train and give the corpse a wide berth before anyone else noticed it, but the slope of the person’s shoulders, the unnatural twist of legs — the jackal moon made her read the figure too well, as too clearly human, for her to be able to turn aside.

    Son of a Witch

  • Again we set off to the north, giving wide berth to the hotly burning mansions on Nob Hill, but climbing to the top of Russian Hill in order to determine where the flames were, that we might avoid them — neither of us wished to be pressed yet again into fire-fighting duties.

    Locked Rooms

  • Jerked around as his wide berth was yanked through the rock walls, Fatagar sent a stinging lash of flame onto Prester John’s back.

    The Welkening

  • Screams of “fuck” and “god-damnit” were commonplace, and people tended to give him a wide berth when he was in a casino sportsbook.

    One of a Kind


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