swerve away (from someone or something)

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swerve away (from someone or something)

1. To turn or veer abruptly aside in order to avoid collision or interaction (with someone or something). I managed to swerve away from the oncoming truck at the last moment. The motorcyclist was bearing down on her but swerved away before hitting her. I swerved away from the bar when I noticed the creepy guy staring at me.
2. To avoid or evade (someone or something) by abruptly changing one's plans or intentions. We swerved away from the merger after we realized how badly it would impact our employees. I've really started swerving away from people who bring nothing but toxic negativity to the table.
See also: away, someone, swerve
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Obviously he didn't expect to be met, because when I murmured an enquiring, "Senor Ortega?" into his ear he swerved away from me and nearly dropped a little handbag he was carrying.
Trey Lytal, the family's attorney, said that the autopilot system in the Tesla should've either stopped or swerved away to avoid the tractor-trailer.
Wales sprung the Hungary offside trap superbly as David Brooks swerved away from his marker and fed the ball into Tom Lawrence's path.
Schmeichel had no chance as the ball swerved away from him into the top corner.
The road alignment started from the end of the newly constructed Iwere Bridge and at about 600m into the length swerved away from the existing roads thereby affecting some structures in the core area of Imeke town,' he said.
The Carlton number 9 hit a fine rising shot which swerved away from Martin's left hand for the best goal of the game, sealing the destination of all three league points.
Meetei also tried a shot from distance that swerved away from goal.
Six others though were swerved away by their jockeys who feared that by attempting to jump the fence they would have put Mr Read in mortal danger."
It can also be steered on its path, so it can be swerved away if a school bus, for example, drives past a target.
It also appeared that the Fed swerved away from their previous commitment that a rate hike would be data dependent, meaning that global developments are a major concern for the US central bank and that the USD will now be exposed to pressure each time fears over global growth resurface.
The ball sat up perfectly, begging to be hit and it swerved away from the keeper into the roof of the net.
It was the Professor Plenum that first sent a letter to Tibor Navracsics, the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, claiming that the higher education reform process was absurd, threatened the university autonomy, was not conducive to higher education modernization, and swerved away from the principles of the Bologna process.
Seconds later Australia were behind as Depay's 30-yard strike swerved away from Australia goalkeeper Maty Ryan.
Andros Townsend came closest to an equaliser when an audacious low strike from 30 yards swerved away from Roman Weidenfeller only to bounce to safety off the post.
This time there was nothing keeper Al-Habsi could do as Milner's right-foot shot swerved away from his despairing dive into the far corner.