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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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3, one photo is opposite view (A) and two photos are deflective views (Bb B2).
But Telford only enjoyed parity for four minutes, Workington scoring the winner when Gari Rowntree shot off a deflective free kick and saw it go in off the post.
Deflective work is considered a significant risk factor in this category because not only does it result in construction delays and additional cost to the contractor but it easily leads to disputes on the liability for the deflection.
Multiple roles of tail display by the curly-tailed lizard Leiocephalus carinatus: pursuit deterrent and deflective roles of a social signal.
To further evaluate deflective properties, the deflection in a unit beam depth (maximum deflection/ beam depth) was calculated for all crossarms fabricated for this study.
The guns emit beams of electrons which are guided to specific points on the display by computer-controlled electrostatic deflective plates.
Kavalier and Clay is an extended meditation, with comic books as its central subject, on the value of fantasy as a deflective resource rather than a reflective one" (59).
Of course claims of anti-Semitism are one of IsraelAAEs strongest deflective strategies, and labeling the UNHRC vote as such is intended to conceal IsraelAAEs crimes in Gaza.
Overall, Diamond's is a paper that connects the thought of Hughes, Coetzee, and Cavell, in probing the ways in which the world can resist our thinking--try to grasp the deadness of Hughes' six young men, once so alive--and in pressing the question whether philosophy as we know it can avoid a deflective substitution of 'a painless intellectual surrogate for real disturbance' (as Hacking defines Diamond's notion of deflection [60]).
Any efforts to educate the public about what the war actually meant, though, are met with gentle derision and deflective praise from the rest of the country.
THE AU/AL DEFLECTIVE PASSIONS To deflect the rising excitement of people, as the ICC verdict is almost done, the government media heated up hysterical deflections to camouflage the national attention from following-up the escalated crisis.
Michael Shafir's (2003a; 2004) work on selective and deflective negationism, as well as comparative trivialization (2003b), provides a helpful heuristic for understanding the ways in which controversial topics and histories are avoided in post-totalitarian European education.
Shafir, according to which Holocaust-denying messages can be classified into: full denial, deflective (with the variants "it's the fault of the Germans", the blaming of "peripheral people" or "oblivion" of the main culprits, the Jews are to be blamed), selective denial and trivialization by comparison (M.
With a deflective term like flamelar, Gypsy performers may have pretended to their publics that they were just "flaming," just fooling around, just jazzing, but this in no way detracts from the seriousness with which both parties will have taken flamenco song, dance, and instrumental music.