ward off

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ward off

To push back or defend against someone or something that is advancing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "ward" and "off." How will we ward off all these attackers? If you feel like you're getting a cold, these vitamin C tablets should help you to ward it off. These talismans were thought to ward off evil spirits.
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ward someone or something off

to hold someone or something off; to fight someone or something off. The army was able to ward the attackers off repeatedly. We couldn't ward off the attackers any longer.
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ward off

1. Turn aside, parry, as in He tried to ward off her blows. [Second half of 1500s]
2. Try to prevent, avert, as in She took vitamin C to ward off a cold. [Mid-1700s]
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ward off

v.
1. To try to prevent; avert: You should take vitamins to ward off infections.
2. To turn something aside; repel: The champion boxer warded off the opponent's blows. The flies were annoying me, but I warded them off.
See also: off, ward
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Basu from India says ever since Kehkashan was five, she used to ward her off from overt physical affection shown by people, especially because she is a plum kid.
He claimed the throat wound was an accident and in the struggle which followed, he wanted to calm her down, ward her off or scare her because she was hysterical.
In return, Mr Ashworth is said to have bitten her on the hand to ward her off, causing her to burst into tears.