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1‘I avoid many of the situations that used to stress me’
keep away from, stay away from, steer clear of, circumvent, give a wide berth to, give something a miss, keep at arm's length, fight shy of
2‘by resigning today, he is trying to avoid responsibility for the political crisis’
evade, dodge, sidestep, skirt round, bypass
escape, run away from
informal duck, wriggle out of, cop out of, get out of
British informal funk
NZ Australian informal duck-shove
face up to
3‘Guy jerked back to avoid a blow to the head’
duck, dodge, get out of the way of, body-swerve
Northern English Scottish jouk
4‘you've been avoiding me all evening’
shun, stay away from, evade, keep one's distance from, hide from, elude
informal, dated give someone the go-by
5‘women planning to become pregnant should avoid drinking alcohol altogether’
refrain from, abstain from, desist from, forbear from, eschew
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