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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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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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Using wide, anodized aluminum slats to minimize gaps, the ProSort 400 Elite family of shoe sorters handles high-speed applications that require positive, gentle product diverting. The machines feature integrated ProLogix sorter control, a programmable logic controller (PLC) based package that directs the sorter from the induction point through divert confirmation.
The ProSort 400 family of sorters handles high-speed applications with positive, gentle product diverting. Offered in two models, the sorters achieve speeds from 350 to 700 feet per minute.
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Smart prox technology precisely times switch gate operation as it starts or stops diverting. The mechanical portions of the switches pivot with the flow of the sorter and provide a complete guide path for the divert shoes in both the divert position and the non-divert position.
The wheels then rotate, diverting the carton off the line.