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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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References in classic literature ?
Once, when the ketch, swerved by some vagrant current, came close to the break of the shore-surf, the blacks on board drew toward one another in apprehension akin to that of startled sheep in a fold when a wild woods marauder howls outside.
The cheerful sailor crept forward and jibed over the foresail as Charley put the helm to starboard and we swerved to the right into the San Joaquin.
The driver of the waggon seemed undecided, and the chauffeur, running slow but disregarding some shouted warning from the crossing policemen, swerved the auto to the left, violating the traffic rules, in order to pass in front of the waggon.
Again and even nearer came the rallying Spaniards, and again with cry of fear and stooping bodies they swerved off to right and left, but the English still stood stolid and observant among their rocks.
As the words passed his lips, Delamayn swerved on the path.
At the same moment the roan swerved and its rider caught a glimpse of the aroused men by the house.
The young man threw his spurs into the horse, crouched very low, and swerved in his flight in order to distract the other's aim.
and at once vanished before his eyes, as if the islet itself had swerved aside from under her feet.
Stephen Somerville was driving his Ford Transit Connect van northbound on the A1, near the Kingston Park turn-off, when he suddenly swerved in front of a car trying to overtake him.
The Jeep driver then swerved to avoid the back of the Audi but a Renault Megane was coming the other way.
Caroline Newell, who has been an instructor with the school for three years, said: "One of my pupils swerved on to the other side of the road but it's worse when it happens on a dual carriageway.
A RETIRED couple died when their car swerved into the path of a lorry, an inquest heard yesterday.
It looks like the painter swerved to avoid someone walking towards him.
He swerved from the inside lane to the hard shoulder.
Musharbash braked and swerved onto the road's north dirt shoulder, then back across the westbound lane, the CHP said.