He has tumbled into a nice berth. A nice situation or fortune. The
place in which a ship is anchored is called its berth, and the sailors
call it a good or bad berth as they think it favourable
or otherwise. The space also allotted to a seaman for his hammock is
called his berth. (Norman, berth, a cradle.)
To give a wide berth.
Not to come near a person; to keep a person at a distance. The
place where a ship lies in harbour is called her berth: hence, to give
a “wide berth” is to give a ship plenty of room to swing at anchor.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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