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swerve (away) (from someone or something)

to turn sharply away from someone or something. The car swerved away from Carla just in time. It swerved away just in time.

swerve into someone or something

to turn sharply and directly into someone or something. (Usually an accident.) The car almost swerved into a pedestrian. The bus swerved into a truck.
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References in classic literature ?
Because the prospect of present loss or advantage may often tempt the governing party in one or two States to swerve from good faith and justice; but those temptations, not reaching the other States, and consequently having little or no influence on the national government, the temptation will be fruitless, and good faith and justice be preserved.
They were on their way homeward, but had been obliged to swerve from their ordinary route through the mountains, by deep snows.
Not one of them--so far as we have any knowledge--was ever known to be touched by the softer sentiments, to swerve from his purpose, or hold his hand in obedience to the dictates of his heart.
The least swerve, and we'd never ha' come up again.
This was the favourite trick of the wolf breeds--to rush in upon him, either directly or with an unexpected swerve, in the hope of striking his shoulder and overthrowing him.
In fact, Kamps's stipulation of particular "common grounds" itself symptomatically swerves from the economic: mention of "human labour" is subsumed under praxis and mediation of "social relations," and work itself appears in only two essays on theatrical labor: Weimann's fine theoretical study of authority on and off stage, and Holderness's exploration of the Kenneth Branagh business.