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veer away from

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.
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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

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.
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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.
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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

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
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Andrew Cordon died when his car veered into the path of oncoming traffic
The vehicle veered off the road and rolled several times before landing in a ditch," said the police boss.
ACCIDENT PROBE: Police are pictured at the scene of the crash, left, after a minibus owned by Boro Taxis veered off West Auckland Road in Darlington
color) Fire and rescue personnel work to free the driver of a dump truck that hit an object and veered off San Francisquito Canyon Road.
Suddenly for no reason it veered across the road into the path of our car and turned sideways prior to hitting us.
reportedly veered off the runway after the incident disabled a steering mechanism.
The car was apparently speeding when it veered off the road and fell 3 meters into the paddy field at around 11:15 p.
LANCASTER -- A 23-year-old Palmdale man was sentenced Monday to four years in prison after pleading no contest to driving drunk and killing his cousin and his niece in the crash of a van that veered off the Antelope Valley Freeway.
A United Airlines aircraft landing at Australia's Melbourne Airport has reportedly veered off the tarmac.
at an unknown speed when he veered to the right and rear-ended the semi, officials said.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST -- Two people suffered moderate injuries Monday when a car veered off Angeles Forest Highway and plunged about 300 feet down a hillside.
near Parker Road in the right lane when, for unknown reasons, it veered across all the lanes and hit Robinson's 2006 Lincoln Zephyr, CHP officials said.
The Acura veered out of control and hit a large pine tree bordering a housing tract.
LANCASTER - A 22-year-old Palmdale man accused of driving drunk and killing two passengers when a van he was driving veered off the Antelope Valley Freeway has been ordered to stand trial on felony charges.
Monday when his truck veered off a northbound lane of Interstate 5 near Cherry Canyon and plunged 80 feet down an embankment.