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veer away from (someone or something)

1. To turn or swerve very suddenly away from someone or something, especially so as to avoid hitting them or it. I managed to regain control of the vehicle and veer away from the crowd of people at the last second. The car veered away from the ditch at the side of the road, but ended up smashing into another car as a result.
2. To change course or avoid some possibility very suddenly or abruptly. Following public outcry, many companies have begun veering away from this sort of business model.
See also: away, veer

veer into (someone or something)

To turn or swerve very suddenly and forcefully into someone or something, especially in a reckless manner. Police shot the tire out on the suspect's car, causing it to veer into the side of a building. I was so distracted that I veered right into my math teacher, Mr. Adams.
See also: veer

veer off (of) (something)

1. To turn or swerve off of some path, trajectory, or direction very sharply or abruptly. The car suddenly veered off the road and crashed into a tree. I veered off of the race course because I thought I knew of a shortcut.
2. To diverge or deviate suddenly from some established plan, idea, topic, or purpose. I'm having a tough time keeping the team focused and not allowing the project to veer off course. The debate veered off into an argument about the senators' personal lives.
See also: off, veer

veer off course

1. To begin to unintentionally move in the wrong direction or away from the intended path. Could you check the map? I think the ship is veering a bit off course. The van veered off course on the highway and struck another vehicle at high speed.
2. To go against or stray away from an established plan or the correct or intended course of action. This project has veered so far off course that I don't know if it's even worth continuing anymore. I used to have my whole life planned out, but between the divorce and the layoff, it feels like I'm veering completely off course.
See also: course, off, veer

veer toward (someone or something)

To turn or swerve suddenly or sharply in the direction of someone or something. Thankfully I saw the van veering toward us, and we were able to get out of its way in time. The stampeding animals suddenly veered toward the ravine.
See also: toward, veer
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

veer (away) (from someone or something)

to swerve away from someone or something; to turn aside to avoid someone or something. The plane veered away from the mountain. The car veered from the children who were in its path.

veer off (from someone or something)

to turn or steer sharply away from someone or something. The bird veered off from the cluster of trees. The bird veered off and missed hitting the post.
See also: off, veer

veer toward someone or something

to turn sharply or swerve toward someone or something. The car suddenly veered toward me. The horse veered toward the side of the bridle path.
See also: toward, veer
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

veer off

To turn aside suddenly and leave some course, direction, or purpose: The tire blew out, and the car veered off the road. The road veers off to the right, so stay alert. The teacher veered off the topic and left the students bewildered.
See also: off, veer
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"Whilst unable to establish why Andrew veered off the road, I am satisfied that Andrew died as a result of a road traffic collision.
Pakistani athletes who happened to be in India when the movie was released reportedly watched the film at a special screening and spilled into the theater aisles to dance and clap along when Veer performs an obligatory fantasy dance sequence on a bus rooftop.
Last year Veer debuted a Facebook page to solicit consumers' opinions.
While conceding that wind and solar are even cleaner sources of energy, van der Veer points out that these alternative energies are not yet cost effective, and still require high levels of subsidies.
And if you get concerned, you have to spread your bets," said van der Veer.
"We are very pleased to announce that Veer, who had joined Kalaam, as its chief financial officer in June 2009 will be assuming the larger role of managing the day to day operations of the company," said Nezar Mohammed Al Saie, chairman of Kalaam Telecom.
With a long, drawn battle ahead, the Pindaris turn to their strongest and bravest comrade, Veer. But the conniving king joins hands with the British troops to fight against the Pindaris.
In the first section of Ler Vygotsky, Van der Veer outlines Vygotsky's life, paying particular attention to the political turmoil that surrounded it.
Mr Voser, who is the group's chief financial officer, will take up the position when current incumbent Jeroen van der Veer retires at the end of June.
Speaking in Brussels, Shell CEO Jeroen van der Veer was particularly vehement that EU policy makers promote the rapid development of techniques to store CO2 underground [CCS or carbon capture and storage].
Chief executive Jeroen van der Veer saw his basic salary jump nearly 10% to pounds i.i5m, and also gained a bonus of 120% of his salary, worth another pounds i.38m, based on operational performance and comparisons with other oil companies.
The veer, or triple option, is an offense not just a play.
In February, "Veer Zaara" showed at the 55th Berlinale, where German audiences embraced the story of a tragic cross-border love affair between a Pakistani woman and Indian man.
In the second edition, Marcus and the crew veer away from the skate coverage that they had in the first; although, he promises more skate stuff in number three.