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ward someone or something off

to hold someone or something off; to fight someone or something off. The army was able to ward the attackers off repeatedly. We couldn't ward off the attackers any longer.
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ward off somebody/something

also ward somebody/something off
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 carries a bit of fresh ginger wherever she goes to ward them off.
Related vocabulary: fend off somebody
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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]
See also: off, ward

ward off

v.
1. To try to prevent; avert: You should take vitamins to ward off infections.
2. To turn something aside; repel: The champion boxer warded off the opponent's blows. The flies were annoying me, but I warded them off.
See also: off, ward

monkey wards

n. Montgomery Wards, a department store chain. (The first mail- order house, it operated through the entire twentieth century. It now operates online.) I get that kind of stuff at monkey wards.
See also: monkey, ward
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Ward and Ward, Smith & Hill have compiled an impressive track record for clients in intellectual property cases, including helping three different clients win substantial patent infringement verdicts in the U.
Dw i'n gwybod o brofiad mor galed mae'r nyrsys, meddygon a'r staff i gyd yn gweithio ar y ddwy ward ac mae'r gyfres hon yn fodd o dalu teyrnged iddyn nhw," meddai Sioned.
Ward 5, Precincts A and B: MART Intermodal Station, 100 Main St.
The court can appoint counsel for the ward if they feel it is in the ward's interest or if the ward requests it.
On March 2, a day after his first birthday, Ward saw Baby P headbutting the floor - which the mother's boyfriend had "trained" him to do like a dog - but logged it as a "possible development problem".
However, after both players pleaded no contest in San Bernardino County Superior Court, a source close to the players said Hale and Ward expect to be suspended for the opener.
Ward, who is 49, succeeds Nick Prettejohn, who left Lloyd's at the end of last year to head the U.
A decade later, Haithcock's ward is one of the fastest-developing parts of the city, and she has become a reliable Daley vote in council meetings.
Certainly [the aldermen] don't want to piss off an organization that is in their ward and might give them some bad press.
In the Introduction, Ward says people kept telling her that no reliable sources of information about Marie Laveau were available.
All healthcare workers working in SARS wards followed the same infection control measures, wearing a N-95 respirator, eye shield, disposable cap, water-resistant gown, and gloves.
Ward, who wrote this book to give people a genuine view of the Middle East, interweaves his observations with a thorough sense of history and world politics.
It was unclear if the fatal shot was fired intentionally or if the gun discharged accidentally when Ward cradled it in his arm while calling 911.
The committee's final recommendations for Liverpool's new ward map also include name changes for some of the city's long established wards.