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ward off

To push back or defend against someone or something that is advancing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "ward" and "off." How will we ward off all these attackers? If you feel like you're getting a cold, these vitamin C tablets should help you to ward it off. These talismans were thought to ward off evil spirits.
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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

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]
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
At the end of ten seconds each man had struck twelve or fifteen blows, and warded off twelve or fifteen, and no harm done; then a sword became disabled, and a short rest followed whilst a new one was brought.
A man falling into dark waters seeks a momentary footing even on sliding stones; and Silas, by acting as if he believed in false hopes, warded off the moment of despair.
The man stepped back and warded off the first attack with a heavy blow of his fist, immediately drawing his knife with which to meet the Airedale's return.
The evening breeze had sprung up, and though it was well warded off by the hill with the two peaks upon the east, the cordage had begun to sing a little softly to itself and the idle sails to rattle to and fro.
In short, in his ardour he mentioned every little thing, and every implement and engine of war by means of which an assault upon a city is warded off, while the bruised and battered Sancho, who heard and suffered all, was saying to himself, "O if it would only please the Lord to let the island be lost at once, and I could see myself either dead or out of this torture
Whatever night-fancies and night-noises crowded on me, they never warded off this DON'T GO HOME.
Download Aoun wards off legislative vacuum concerns, says 1960 law effective if agreement on new vote mode fails NNA - President Michel Aoun on Tuesday warded off concerns over vacuum at the legislative power, maintaining that the 1960 law will be effective if parties fail to agree on a new vote format before the Parliament's term expires.
With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, a straight blogger warded off a challenge from "ex-gay" group Exodus International after he posted a parody of its "reparative therapy" ads that said, "Straight?
She was attempting to ward off the dogs with a stick she carried in case there were any dogs that needed to be warded off,'' Rust said.
Each of the four monkeys warded off SIV infection after receiving two injections, one consisting of a benign virus carrying a gene for a subunit of SIV, and a second consisting of the subunit itself.