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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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I hear this a lot, and I wonder who decided that diverting is a dirty word.
Pay for performance" improves coordination in the channel, but reduces retailers' ability to profit from buying and diverting.
By not diverting, the flight continued for three hours before landing in Newark where McCaskey was transferred to a local hospital.
By identifying Internet sites that are diverting customers from our corporate Web site, Cyveillance will help us understand how to minimize the potential revenue leakage that could affect our business and market share.
The plane was diverting to Los Angeles International Airport when contact was lost.
The ProSort 400 family of sorters handles high-speed applications with positive, gentle product diverting.
We were diverting traffic to Magic Mountain Parkway, but it was just causing a gridlock,'' Dolan said.
When a load requires diverting, control logic simultaneously rotates and increases the speed of all the steerable sorter wheels to divert at a 30-degree angle.
Public Works Department officials, however, said this would not be diverting money away from sewage-treatment plants, but using it to make them accessible to the disabled.
Speck, 81, both of Novato, are accused of diverting more than $500,000 paid by taxicab drivers to Veteran's Cab Co.
Smart prox technology precisely times switch gate operation as it starts or stops diverting.
The rock and soil berm acted as a dam, diverting the natural flow of water back onto the Lathams' land, according to the lawsuit.
The wheels then rotate, diverting the carton off the line.
High school trustees have voted to fire former Lancaster High School principal Beverley Louw, charging her with mishandling public funds by diverting rental money for school facilities into a private account from which she made cash withdrawals.