veer off

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
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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According to a police report, the lorry's power transmission broke down, causing it to veer off the road and crash into the motorbike, killing Duong Phuoc Long, a 51-year-old Vietnamese national from Kampong Cham province.
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The second bus was forced to veer off the road to avoid contact with the bus, authorities said.
According to the police, the 19-year-old, while driving on Georgios Grivas Digenis street, lost control of his car causing it veer off the road, enter into a field and crash consecutively into two trees.
Neither could not be established as the cause for Andrew to veer off the carriageway."
One wheel ended up on the grass, causing the aircraft to veer off and spin.
A YACHT skipper who forced an Irish ferry to veer off course has been prosecuted by the Port of Milford Haven.
Froome had to veer off into the verge to avoid going over himself - then accused the Spaniard of riding dangerously.
Dubai Two suspects have been charged with stealing a vehicle after endangering two individuals' lives EoAC" by terrorising them with a car chase EoAC" before forcing them to veer off the main road.
It is not known what caused the car to veer off the road and police investigations are being carried out.
And like the tradition of storytelling, Salvatore's text can veer off into long passages of historical background information to place Franklin's life and the African American experience in context with the world at large, not separate from, but central to.
The impact caused the car to veer off the road and into a hedge, although the driver, a man from Stoke Heath, Coventry, was not hurt.
"Too often businesses veer off into different areas and lose their main focus.