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divert (someone or something) from (someone or something)

To induce someone or something to change course or direct their attention to something else. Try to divert the cars from the main road onto the side street if you can. Good luck diverting the kids away from cartoons so that they'll do their homework.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

divert someone or something from someone or something

to turn someone or something aside or away from someone or something. We could not divert his attention from his mother. I could not divert the woman from her interest in the book.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A rotating assembly inside the valve determines if air and material pass straight through or are diverted. In the non-divert position, a rotating assembly inside the valve is turned so air and material pass straight through completely unrestricted.
EasyJet cancelled most flights to and from Bristol Friday and Saturday and diverted the remainder to Cardiff because of concerns over the reliability of a newly resurfaced runway in wet weather conditions.
THOUSANDS of passengers were hit by chaos yesterday as flights were axed or diverted in a row over runway safety.
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She then said that if they did not settle down, the flight would be diverted. Half an hour later, the captain reaffirmed to Tsikhiseli that he would indeed divert the plane if they did not drop the matter.