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swerve away (from someone or something)

1. To turn or veer abruptly aside in order to avoid collision or interaction (with someone or something). I managed to swerve away from the oncoming truck at the last moment. The motorcyclist was bearing down on her but swerved away before hitting her. I swerved away from the bar when I noticed the creepy guy staring at me.
2. To avoid or evade (someone or something) by abruptly changing one's plans or intentions. We swerved away from the merger after we realized how badly it would impact our employees. I've really started swerving away from people who bring nothing but toxic negativity to the table.
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swerve into (from someone or something)

1. To collide with someone or something after turning or veering quickly, sharply, or abruptly to one side. I turned the corner and swerved into the principal, knocking her briefcase right out of his hands. The car lost control and swerved into a lamppost.
2. To enter into something after turning or veering quickly, sharply, or abruptly to one side. The truck swerved into my lane to avoid hitting the pedestrian on the road. I swerved into a side alley to avoid the police.
3. To become involved with or begin working in some different field, industry, area of expertise, etc., especially very suddenly or abruptly. I actually started out as a family photographer, but I swerved into doing headshots after getting into a conversation with a couple of actors at a party a couple years back. The heavy metal band started swerving into a more pop-rock sound in the early 2000s.
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swerve (away) (from someone or something)

to turn sharply away from someone or something. The car swerved away from Carla just in time. It swerved away just in time.

swerve into someone or something

to turn sharply and directly into someone or something. (Usually an accident.) The car almost swerved into a pedestrian. The bus swerved into a truck.
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Sentencing Somerville to a 12-month community order, with 100 hours of unpaid work, and banning him from the roads for 15 months, Judge Simon Hickey said: "You were concentrating too much on your girlfriend you thought was driving behind and you swerved out.
Near Afonwen a silver Peugeot 307 swerved into his lorry's path.
The bus swerved unexpectedly to the middle lane and hit the second bus forcing it out of lane and hitting the third bus.
The Jeep driver swerved back but hit the back of the Audi.
TWO MEN have told of an amazing escape when they swerved to avoid a falling tree as they travelling along a Coventry road in their van.
A third vehicle -- a Honda Accord investigators suspect was racing with Orozco -- swerved to avoid debris from the crash.
Paul Booth, 32, swerved at high speed into oncoming traffic for more than 30 miles.
LOS ANGELES: Friends actor Matthew Perry wrecked his Porsche when he swerved to avoid a car on the narrow streets of the Hollywood Hills and drove into someone's porch.
The victim was driving on the Adhan Road, when he swerved and hit the lamp post.
VENTURA - A 12-year-old girl was injured after being struck by a car that swerved onto a sidewalk, according to a statement from Ventura police.
The accused also swerved and when he swerved back he collided with the rear of the lorry.
GRANADA HILLS - The driver of a Chevrolet Corvette died Thursday in a fiery crash caused when his car was hit broadside by an SUV that swerved to avoid another vehicle, officials said.
He deliberately swerved across the carriageway to a stationary police van and narrowly avoided hitting it.
He swerved to the left, which caused his rear trailer to overturn.