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- (nautical) Adequate distance from sea vessels or other objects to ensure safety and maneuverability.
- Steer to port and give the rocks a wide berth.
- (idiomatic, by extension) A considerable or comfortable distance from a person or object, especially for safety or deliberate avoidance.
- Our cat always gives the vacuum cleaner a wide berth.
- He's so obnoxious that everyone gives him a wide berth.
- Often preceded by some form of the verb "to give".