draw fire away from (someone or something)

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draw fire away from (someone or something)

To attract or distract an attack in an attempt to prevent the target from harm. This phrase can be used literally to refer to gunfire. While I was getting yelled at, my sister drew fire away from me by turning up the TV. The mother goose drew fire away from her goslings by charging at the hunters.
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draw (someone's) fire (away) from (someone, something, or an animal)

 and draw (someone's) fire away
to attract the attention of someone firing a gun away from the target, hoping to protect the target; to make oneself a target in order to protect someone or something. (Can be verbal "fire," such as questions, etc.) The mother bird drew fire away from her chicks. The hen drew away the hunter's fire. The president drew fire away from Congress by proposing a compromise.
See also: draw, fire
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Ben Roberts-Smith, who was awarded Australia's highest military honour in 2011 for his bravery during an operation in Afghanistan in 2010 when he drew fire away from his unit, had lunched last year with Johnson, which helped the player with the 'mental side of things'.
The performance drew fire away from the Prime Minister, who faced continuing questions about the presentation of intelligence in the run-up to war with Iraq.