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deviate from (something)

To move away from what is typical or has been planned. Please don't deviate from the itinerary, otherwise we'll be late for our dinner reservation. Curiosity led me to deviate from my usual path through the woods.
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deviate from something

to wander away from something, such as a path, road, etc.; to vary from the normal procedure. Please do not deviate from the path. You will crush the wildflowers. I will not deviate one inch from the route you have prescribed. They did not deviate from her instructions.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

deviate from

1. To wander or turn aside from some path, course, or way: The hiker deviated from the trail and got lost. The riverbank deviates from the side of the ridge where the sediment has built up.
2. To depart or stray from some subject or matter of discussion: The teacher deviated from the topic of the lecture.
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This paper extends the discussion on strategy-environment fit by examining one instance when firms benefit by deviating from fit - namely when environments change.
Firms deviating from fit that anticipated more appropriate environments shortly, might continue deviating rather than converge upon currently profitable strategies.
When environments change, deviating from fitting strategies will be positively associated with future performances.
Even firms that accept the advantages of deviating from current fit, may encounter resistance when they actually attempt to do so.
Thus even though firms realize the advantages of deviating from fit, they will face resistance in implementing such deviation.
Results from the regression equations support the proposition that deviating from fit correlates with improved future performances during times of change.
Deviating from fit in 1980 appears to have had the largest effect on future performances.
However, deviating from fits correlated positively with performances in all three years.
Firms also benefit by deviating from fit under some special circumstances.
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He further said that it does not suit the court to take up the reference for decision separately and independently of the other two references without recalling any of the earlier orders or recording any reason whatsoever for deviating from the same.
Once on final, though, I'm not even thinking about deviating. In fact, but for procedure and two or three more minutes, I'm already safely on the ground.
Deviating on final is different than just flying the missed, and is usually a not an option for good reason.