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English definition of “avoid sth like the plague”

avoid sth like the plague

to be determined to avoid something completely: I'm not a fan of parties - in fact I avoid them like the plague.Avoiding actionLaziness and lazy peopleMoving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasive
(Definition of avoid sth like the plague from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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