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repulse from (someone or something)

1. To drive someone or something back and away from someone, something, or some place. A noun or pronoun is used between "repulse" and "from." We were able to repulse the enemy soldiers from the fort. The country's small army repulsed the massive invasion from the shores of their island.
2. To cause someone to feel an aversion to or repugnance in something or some action and cause them avoid or desist it as a result. (Some linguists reject this usage of "repulse," though it has become normalized through common use.) A noun or pronoun is used between "repulse" and "from." My parents' zealotry repulsed me from religion at a very young age. The negative experience certainly repulsed me from ever helping them out in the future.
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repulse someone or something from something

to resist or repel someone or something from something. The royal guard repulsed the rebels from the palace grounds. Only the use of guns could repulse the starving wolves from the area around the cabin.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Birth date, parentage, and early career unknown; he first appears as an important general when he was sent to Britain by Valentinian to repulse a Pict invasion supported by Saxon sea rovers; his task was not an easy one, but in two well-run campaigns he repulsed both enemies, and restored both the frontier and public order; he was helped by his son, also named Theodosius (368-369); he was next sent to Mauretania to suppress the revolt of Firmus, a Moorish leader there (371); he defeated Firmus in a swift and efficient campaign, ending in Firmus' suicide (371/372); despite these services, Theodosius was executed, possibly on the order of jealous Emperor Valens (376).