Give a wide berth

What does "Give a wide berth" mean?

Today it means: Steer clear, stay away.

In nautical terms, "give a wide berth" means to make sure there is plenty of sea room to get past an obstacle or ship taking into account that it might also be moving. In days of sail a "berth" would be where the ship dropped anchor and would therefore swing with the tide. Hence also, a wide berth.

   

By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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