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wide berth

wide berth

Date: Oct 02 2008

Themes: Pop Culture

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“Sometimes with impersonating men you get a wider berth because people are like, ‘Oh, that’s hilarious that she’s even trying to play a male politician.’”

- Actress and comedienne Amy Poehler on playing men on television. (ew.com)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

room to mess up without being blamed; go easy on; give space; be careful, cautious and avoid

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

A berth is a parking space for a ship. When you’re parking a ship, the last thing you want to do is run into anything. If you’re worried you might make a mistake, you better look for a wide berth.

When you give someone a wide birth, you allow him or her to make some mistakes without getting blamed. It also means just simply keep your distance and give someone some room.

Even for a talented actress like Amy Poehler, who stars on Saturday Night Live and in the new movie Baby Mama, impersonating someone can be hard. Of course it’s hard for a woman to act like a man, but Poehler likes to play men because the audience goes easy on her. They understand it’s hard and give her a wide berth.
On a site like English, baby!, everyone gives you a wide berth when it comes to your English skills. No one will be mean if you make a mistake, so go ahead and try!

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“I thought since I had never worked at a restaurant before, they’d give me a wide berth at my new job, but I was wrong. They were hard on me.”

“Now kids, give your mother a wide berth when she gets home. She’s had a hard day and may be in a bad mood.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

VOLTS I think that When you get a wide berth to anyone, you actually are giving space and opportunity to him or her better actting.
by VOLTSSuper Member!
tinyry people keep distance from you
by tinyry
Tohir keep well clear of
by Tohir
Stay away at a safety distance
by manjunath126
Sheryl long distance... i suppose
by Sheryl
Cayenne in this way it means "to get a wider area of freedom". but when i say "give him a wide area" , means avoid him. grazie
by Cayenne
yulzzs to avoid, to keep far away from someone or something
by yulzzs

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Comments

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suvarna

India

i guess in a relationship partners need to give each other wide berth.

06:20 AM Nov 23 2008 |

bbbfish

bbbfish

China

haha,so interested

12:55 AM Oct 06 2008 |

Maplewei

Maplewei

China

learn the word “wide berth” but i think I just get the mean:more room.like we must get wide berth with each other

11:17 PM Oct 04 2008 |

vanilla_leaf

China

does it also represent the meaning of “tolerance”?

12:27 AM Oct 02 2008 |

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