defect to

defect to (something)

To leave some place, often under repressive conditions and when it is prohibited, and go to another place. I defected to this country after witnessing the atrocities being carried out in my homeland.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

defect to something

to forsake one group and take up with another. Will he defect to the other side? David defected to a small East European country.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Hao has mentioned the maxillary defect to be ideal for reconstruction with buccal fat pad owing to its closer proximity to the region.
All MFL tools rely on the requirement of a defect to he large enough and oriented in such a way relative to the induced magnetic flux within the pipe wall to create a disturbance in the flux which can then be detected by the tool.
Internal defect measurements were taken on each CT slice in order to determine defect volume, the minimum distance from the defect to the cambium, and the angle of the defect with respect to the pith.
Suppliers agree that the choice boils down to the type of defect to be found at a given line speed and product width.
The residual material had to be combined in the green sand, and not at the mold surface for the defect to occur.