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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AVOIDING

(avoiding Argan, and putting the chair between her and him).

She came north, avoiding the trails, and after a year Shungakela found her.

I'm going to do my little utmost to keep Florence from avoiding him.

But if you are persistent about avoiding reprints then we'll have to do without them.

From that evening I was particularly cautious in avoiding Fitzgerald.

So, there would be no difficulty in avoiding the natives, nor danger if he did encounter them.

Finance, instead of avoiding publicity in all of its aspects, should welcome it and seek it.

But then, when he was there she never bothered about avoiding noise, walking about and talking.

When Blanche's husband offered him work, he found some pretext for avoiding it.

"It is as well that we should be plain, so as to be avoiding all misconceptions," said O'Moy.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Anglo-French avoider "to clear out, withdraw (oneself)," partially anglicized from Old French esvuidier "to empty out," from es- "out" (see ex-) + vuidier "to be empty," from voide "empty, vast, wide, hollow, waste" (see void (adj.)). Originally a law term; modern sense of "have nothing to do with" also was in Middle English and corresponds to Old French eviter with which it was perhaps confused. Meaning "escape, evade" first attested 1520s. Related: Avoided; avoiding.

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