ward off


verb

(tr, adverb) to turn aside or repel; avert

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Idioms and Phrases with ward off

ward off

1

Turn aside, parry, as in He tried to ward off her blows. [Second half of 1500s]

2

Try to prevent, avert, as in She took vitamin C to ward off a cold. [Mid-1700s]

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