Nounwide berth (plural Wide berths)
- (nautical) Adequate distance from sea vessels or other objects to ensure safety and maneuverability.
- Steer to port and give the rocks a wide berth.
- (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.
ample scope, blank check, carte blanche, clearance, elbowroom, field, free course, free hand, free play, free scope, full scope, full swing, latitude, leeway, long rope, maneuvering space, margin, no holds barred, open space, play, range, room, rope, scope, sea room, space, swing, tolerance, way
- Often preceded by some form of the verb "to give".