The tax cuts could be warded off through simple legislation.
He warded Cleg off with a knee and elbow, and stated what he would do when he met him again on a future unnamed occasion.
Blow after blow he warded off, till at last his own arm was disabled.
What, then, would result if these disturbers could be warded off, one or all?
Jerry warded off the blows as well as he could, and tried to return them.
He encouraged the extravagance of the court, derided the future, and warded off pressing debts by contracting new ones.
We prayed that the war might be warded off, but God disposed otherwise.
This idea of standing before a court of justice was the worst of all; this must be warded off at any cost.
At a distance, and with Miss Grafton's aid, the blow will be warded off.
"I think Eliza's a real pretty name," Amberley declared in a tone of conviction, as he warded off the renewed advances of Simon.
Old English weard "a guarding, a watchman, a sentry," from West Germanic *wardo (cf. Old Saxon ward, Old Norse vörðr, Old High German wart). Used for administrative districts (at first in the sense of guardianship) from late 14c.; of hospital divisions from 1749. Meaning "minor under control of a guardian" is from early 15c. Ward-heeler is 1890, from heeler "loafer, one on the lookout for shady work" (1870s).
Old English weardian "to keep guard," from Proto-Germanic *wardojan- (cf. Old Saxon wardon, Old Norse varða "to guard," Old Frisian wardia, Middle Dutch waerden "to take care of," Old High German warten "to guard, look out for, expect," German warten "to wait, wait on, nurse, tend"), from *wardo- (see ward (n.)). French garder, Italian guardare, Spanish guardar are Germanic loan-words. Meaning "to parry, to fend off" (now usually with off) is recorded from 1570s. Related: Warded; warding.
A room in a hospital usually holding six or more patients.
A division in a hospital for the care of a particular group of patients.
a prison (Gen. 40:3, 4); a watch-station (Isa. 21:8); a guard (Neh. 13:30).