1. be indirect; step around sth or sb (physically or figuratively)






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avoid the situation/each other, problem was avoidable/unavoidable

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To avoid something means to prevent something from happening or to keep from doing something. You can avoid a task, a person or a location. Usually, you might avoid things that are unsafe, unpleasant or difficult. This verb can be used equally in social and professional contexts.

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  1. I haven't seen you in weeks. Are you avoiding me?
  2. Try to avoid the pothole. Otherwise, you might have an accident.
  3. Look, you can't avoid the situation forever. Just go and talk to them.

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  1. I think the problem was completely avoidable. You should have done your research beforehand.
  2. You could have avoided this situation if you had dealt with the problem earlier.
  3. Look...it was bound to happen. It was completely unavoidable. There's nothing you could have done.

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