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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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Nearly all of those extra deaths-270,000--would have been in developing regions, notably Asia (163,000); in fact, India alone accounted for nearly a third (86,000) of the averted deaths.
Pondering scenarios ranging from likely to full on possible doomsday-level scenarios, they are all explained on what they mean for the world, how they can be averted, and how they can be dealt with if it's too late to avert it.
The union had warned of further strikes thisweekend, but that has now been averted.
TALKS aimed at averting a series of strikes by London Underground workers are to be held over the next few days, raising hopes that travel chaos can be averted.
Mr O'Leary went on: "I don't think it can be averted by reducing interest rates.
The threat of industrial action comes just weeks after Aer Lingus narrowly averted a strike by pilots.
KING ABDULLAH of Saudi Arabia has accused Britain of failing to act on information passed on by the Saudis which might have averted the 2005 London bombings.
(1) According to one analysis, more than 65 million Americans a year would be tested under this approach, 56,940 individuals with undiagnosed HIV infection would be reached and 3,644 transmissions and infections would be averted; the cost per transmission or infection averted would come to about $237,000.
THE pilot of a Birmingham-bound plane averted a "major disaster" after an engine caught fire on take-off at Islamabad airport in Pakistan.
But the West, and NATO in particular, according to the same columnist, failed to understand three things: neither the Serbs nor the Albanians are interested in multiculturalism; the Muslim world is not appeased; and the humanitarian disaster has not been averted. By "holding an umbrella over the Kosovo Liberation Army, the Western democracies merely opened the door to ...
Given these data and the price of EIA and LIA, the screening cost per HCV-positive sample identified, and infection subsequently averted, is approximately 200,300 CFA (U.S.$305).
War is averted through pressure from the international community.
The institute estimates that 51,000 abortions were averted in 2000 through women's use of emergency contraception (EC).
In 2000 alone, AGI estimates that EC averted as many as 51,000 abortions; 47,000 more than in 1994, when only 4,000 abortions were averted through EC.