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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.
An airline official and state media reported that the pilot's actions had averted "a major disaster".
How was war between India and Pakistan averted in 2002?
In each pair, the same woman looked directly at the child in one image and averted her gaze to the right or left in the other.
Like the so-called "millennium bug," some crises can be averted.
More information about the decision-making of government might have averted an estimated Jam$10 billion of damage and the loss of life.
In the context of Pakistan, the relationship between birth averted and CYP is as:
Ebola Reston, as the strain is now known, did end up jumping from the monkeys into the bodies of a few homo sapiens, but for reasons not totally understood it didn't make them sick; some tiny genetic difference between Ebola Reston and its deadly near-identical twin, Ebola Zaire, averted calamity.
Just five days into the new year, a major strike by 32B/J was averted and a settlement obtained.
In 1990, a nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir was narrowly averted, and little has happened since to reduce the prospect of a recurrence.
RAWALPINDI -- The security forces on Tuesday successfully averted two separate imminent terror attacks by apprehending two terrorists bidding to plant Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in Mansehra area.
LAST-ditch talks between management and unions averted industrial action by around 1000 staff at Scottish Water.
This should be a priority so more disasters can be averted.