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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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Registered diverters still do not have to justify the reasons for their water consumption, face DEP renewal approval every five to ten years, or even consider alternatives to their appropriation, as permitted diverters do.
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The Three-Way Seal Tite diverter is made of durable carbon or stainless steel and is available in 4" to 24" (100 mm to 600 mm) sizes.
7 Inspect the diverter handle to locate the O-ring and simply replace with an identical O-ring.
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With the purchase, TLT-Babcock complements its existing diverter, louver, and guillotine damper product lines offered over the years to the utility and industrial market.
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The ''Diverter'', inserted through the groin, has been developed by scientists to catch blood clots before they travel to the brain.