ward off

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Related to ward off: point out, out of commission, wreak havoc

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
See also: off, ward

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

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
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A chemical agent now under development mimics the health benefits of long-term calorie restriction and may help ward off diseases of aging such as diabetes and heart disease.
Above, two children use towels to ward off occasionally chilly temperatures.