give a wide berth

to give sb/sth a wide berth — обходить за версту;на пушечный выстрел не подойти; держаться подальше

Example 1: I saw the boss at the bar but I gave him a wide berth. I did not want to talk to him then.

Example 2: I always give the park a wide berth when I'm out at night

A metaphor from seamanship. A berth is, among other things, a place where a ship is at anchor or at a wharf. A wide berth is plenty of room, especially important in former days for a ship swinging at anchor.

See also
[steer cleer]
[not touch sth with a ten-foot pole]