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repel from (someone or something)

1. To ward something off of or away from someone or something; to cause something to stay away from someone or something. A noun or pronoun is used between "repel" and "from." I've packed a powerful spray to repel mosquitos from us during our trip. Jacket is coated with a special solution that repels water from its surface.
2. To fight against and force or drive someone or something back and away from something or some place. A noun or pronoun is used between "repel" and "from." We were able to repel the enemy soldiers from the fort. The country's small army repelled the massive invasion from the shores of their island.
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repel someone from something

to push someone back from something; to fight someone off from something. The army repelled the attackers from the entrance to the city. The attacking army was repelled from the city.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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