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Definition of plague noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the plague [uncountable] = bubonic plague an outbreak of plague
  2. 2[countable] any infectious disease that kills a lot of people synonym epidemic the plague of AIDS
  3. 3[countable] plague of something large numbers of an animal or insect that come into an area and cause great damage a plague of locusts/rats
  4. Idioms
    avoid somebody/something like the plague (informal)
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    to try very hard not to meet someone, do something, etc. She's been avoiding me like the plague since the party last Saturday.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: plague