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
References in classic literature ?
He spoke with a firmness which was very gentle, and yet he could see that Bulstrode seemed to cower under that gentleness, his face looking dried and his eyes swerving away from the glance which rested on him.
She said: "Handing out leaflets, you can see men swerving away, not wanting to think about it.
"She then described the car swerving away from them."
He was also a key player in the great Netherlands team that reached the 1974 World Cup final, when a global audience saw him perform the now-famous 'Cruyff turn', in which the player tries to deceive a defender by hooking the ball behind their own leg before swerving away in the direction of the ball.
The Czech midfielder was allowed time to turn the ball onto his right foot 20 yards from goal and cut across the ball with his shot to send it swerving away from Kean but agonizingly struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced away.
In April, in Tablet Magazine, Dvora Meyers painted Winehouse as a unique figure in the annals of Jewish culture, at once indelibly Jewish and hyper-aware of her roots (her music and even style owed much to Phil Spector's 1960s girl-group masterpiece) while swerving away from the good-girl stereotype.
After the filly had eased to a very easy, but nonetheless impressive, success at Leicester, Gosden said he reckoned she would not have been beaten on her opening run at Doncaster but for swerving away from a photographer near the line.
Never swerving away from the darker side of the human condition, it is an album that'll break your heart, then lovingly kiss it better, piece by piece.
After swerving away from the spinning rotor blades, Green was chased off the runway by airport officials - and his joyride ended when he knocked over a bystander and ploughed into a parked car.
Today, however, this creature of habit, found himself looking over his shoulder to make sure nobody was watching, and then swerving away from his marked path towards the van.
Ferguson stepped forward and lifted his effort up and over the wall, swerving away from keeper Paul Gallacher's desperate dive.
"Getting on the podium for Jaguar is as good as any win I've ever had," he told reporters before swerving away from the inevitable questions about his future.
He said a taxi was driven at his family before swerving away at the last moment and he was threatened by workers at the port because he refused bribes to turn a blind eye to drug trafficking.
"He noticed the car narrowly avoid a collision with a traffic island at a zebra crossing, only swerving away at the last second.