avoid like the plague
Evade or elude at any cost, shun. For example, Since Bob was taken into police custody, his friends have been avoiding him and his family like the plague. This seemingly modern expression dates from the Latin of the early Middle Ages, when Saint Jerome (a.d. 345–420) wrote, “Avoid, as you would the plague, a clergyman who is also a man of business.” The plague, a deadly infectious disease in his day, has been largely wiped out, but the term remains current.
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There are reasons that European countries tend to avoid fluoride.
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Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
The great plague of this and the subsequent year broke out at St. Giles, London.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
May looked along at the dimpled grace, And then at the saint-like, fair old face, “How funny!”
He had not estimated that if Jean Baptiste sought his wife secretly, it must have been because he wished to avoid him.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
His strong legs and his broad, spade-like feet helped to make him a fine swimmer.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey