berth

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berth

Nautical
1. a place assigned to a ship at a mooring
2. sufficient distance from the shore or from other ships or objects for a ship to manoeuvre
3. accommodation on a ship
References in classic literature ?
And we gave them a wide berth as we crept across the grass.
Not a liner in air but knows the meaning of that vertical beam and gives us and our quarry a wide berth.
Naturally, we was both of us inclined to give such a subject a wide berth.