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deflect (something) away from (someone or something)

To direct something away from someone or something. That's why I have an assistant—she deflects all of this minutiae away from me. At the last second, the defenseman deflected the puck away from the goal.
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deflect something away from someone or something

to divert someone or something away from someone or something; to cause someone or something to veer away from someone or something. The press secretary deflected the reporter's questions from the candidate. The emergency deflected the boss's attention away from my mistake.
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The technique of intentional, controlled drilling at an angle from the vertical by deflecting the drill bit.
Other ideas include a "solar sail", a "tugboat" spacecraft, firing a missile, exploding a nuclear bomb, and boiling the surface by deflecting the sun's rays with mirrors.
Earlier this year, other researchers announced the development of atomicinterferometry techniques for deflecting beams of atoms ever so slightly (SN: 9/7/91, p.
The new Cohen Tip Deflecting Endobronchial Blocker from Cook Incorporated's Critical Care division allows anesthesiologists to establish single-lung ventilation easily by directing its unique deflecting tip left or right into the desired bronchial passage.
Somebody needs to find a cure for this virulent and rampant virus - denying responsibility, deflecting accountability, defending incompetence - before it kills democracy.
Since Gain Knowledge supports both novice and expert users from a single knowledge base, it enables companies to publish user-appropriate information to a Web self-service site, deflecting common inquiries to a fast and low-cost channel.
A lucky break enabled them to tie the score seven minutes after Courtnall's blunder, with Duchesne's shot from the right circle deflecting off the stick of Blackhawks defenseman Bryan Muir and past Thibault.
This is very good news to companies seeking to cut the ever-increasing cost of customer service in a tight economy, because virtual assistants -- the more formal term for online robots or "bots" -- are extremely efficient at deflecting traffic from paid customer service representatives.