ward off

ward off
To ward off a danger or illness means to prevent it from affecting you or harming you.

[V P n (not pron)] She may have put up a fight to try to ward off her assailant...

[V P n (not pron)] Mass burials are now under way in an effort to ward off an outbreak of cholera. [Also V n P]

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  • ward off — (someone/something) to try to keep away someone or something that would hurt you. He raised his arm at the elbow to ward off the blow. They have a “No Trespassing” sign out front to ward off anyone who happens by. She often gets headaches, so she …   New idioms dictionary

  • ward off — ward [n1] district area, canton, department, diocese, division, parish, precinct, quarter, territory, zone; concepts 508,513 ward [n2] custody; person in one’s custody adopted child, care, charge, child, client, dependent, foster child, godchild …   New thesaurus

  • ward off — index avert, contain (restrain), counter, debar, deter, estop, forestall, parry …   Law dictionary

  • ward off — verb 1. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening Let s avoid a confrontation head off a confrontation avert a strike • Syn: ↑debar, ↑forefend, ↑forfend, ↑obviate, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ward off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms ward off : present tense I/you/we/they ward off he/she/it wards off present participle warding off past tense warded off past participle warded off to do something to prevent someone or something from harming… …   English dictionary

  • ward off — 1) we use this lotion to ward off gnats Syn: fend off, repel, repulse, beat back, chase away; informal send packing 2) she warded off the blow Syn: parry, avert, deflect, block; evade, avoid, d …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • ward off — verb a) to parry, or turn aside He raised his arms to ward off the attack. b) to avert or prevent He wore garlic to ward off vampires …   Wiktionary

  • ward off — {v. phr.} To deflect; avert. * /Vitamin C is known to ward off the common cold./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ward off — {v. phr.} To deflect; avert. * /Vitamin C is known to ward off the common cold./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ward off — phr verb Ward off is used with these nouns as the object: ↑blow, ↑disaster, ↑spirit …   Collocations dictionary

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