ward something off


ward something off
1 she warded off the blow: PARRY, avert, deflect, block; evade, avoid, dodge.
2 garlic is worn to ward off evil spirits: REBUFF, avert, keep at bay, fend off, stave off, resist, prevent, obstruct, foil, frustrate, thwart, check, stop.
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ˌward sb/sthˈoff derived
to protect or defend yourself against danger, illness, attack, etc

to ward off criticism

She put up her hands to ward him off.

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  • stave something off — AVERT, prevent, avoid, counter, preclude, forestall, nip in the bud; ward off, fend off, head off, keep off, keep at bay. → stave * * * ˌstave sthˈoff derived (staved …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold something off — RESIST, repel, repulse, rebuff, parry, deflect, fend off, stave off, ward off, keep at bay. → hold * * * ˌhold sb/sthˈoff derived to stop sb/sth defeating you • She held off all the last minute challengers and won the race in a new record time.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fight someone/something off — REPEL, repulse, beat off/back, ward off, fend off, keep/hold at bay, drive away/back, force back. → fight * * * defend oneself against an attack by someone or something well fed people are better able to fight off infectious disease …   Useful english dictionary

  • head someone/something off — 1 he went to head off the cars: INTERCEPT, divert, deflect, redirect, re route, draw away, turn away. 2 they headed off a row: FORESTALL, avert, ward …   Useful english dictionary

  • fend someone/something off — Syn: ward off, head off, stave off, hold off, repel, repulse, resist, fight off …   Synonyms and antonyms 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 something — 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… …   New idioms dictionary

  • ward off someone — 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… …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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