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avert (something) (away) from

To distract or divert something from someone or something else. I will do my best to avert all attention away from you at the party, don't worry. I knew I wasn't meant to be a doctor when I had to avert my eyes from every blood draw.
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avert something (away) from someone or something

to turn or divert something away from someone or something. We will attempt to avert attention from the problems. She averted her eyes from Bill when he walked by.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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