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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.
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

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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Now we'll talk about an entirely different type of veering and backing: friction occurring within the lowest few thousand feet of the atmosphere.
CASTAIC -- An 84-year-old Fountain Valley man was killed and his passenger injured Monday morning when their sedan overturned after veering across Interstate 5's northbound lanes and hitting another car.
The latest plan is to run the line up 105th Street West, veering over to 107th at the Kern County line, then to 103rd at an existing power line near Willow Springs.
2) This pickup truck slammed into a tree after veering across Interstate 5, in background, and through two fences.
ACTON - After blowing out a tire, a sport utility vehicle hit a rental truck Tuesday on the Antelope Valley Freeway before veering over an embankment, officials said.
PALMDALE - A Palmdale motorist may have suffered some sort of medical problem before veering onto the wrong side of the road and smashing into an oncoming car, deputies say.