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Source: Absolute FreeBSD: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas (2008)

Example:

host.deny This value is used for rlogin and rsh. Avoid it like fuzzy green meat.

The author is apparently making a joke, but I don't think I understand it. What exactly is fuzzy green meat?

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    It means exactly what it says - would you want to eat this?
    – stangdon
    Mar 10, 2017 at 21:58
  • This is exactly the kind of saying that seems obvious to native speakers, but can baffle learners of the language. I'm glad ELL is here to help.
    – J.R.
    Mar 10, 2017 at 23:18

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Meat that has been sitting around long enough to turn green and grow mold "fuzz".

It's meat that you shouldn't even touch, let alone eat.

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It's a modification of the phrase avoid like the plague, which means avoiding something bad.

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